A veterinary physician or more commonly called a veterinarian is a professional who treats diseases, disorders, and injuries in animals. That’s why whenever our pets do not feel well or are injured, we always take them to the veterinarian to be cured. The love and passion of veterinarians towards animals are always their main motivation and inspiration for choosing this field.
The job of veterinarians is tough because unlike a physician, the patients of vets cannot talk. Therefore, they spend years in the educational process and also specialize in varieties of areas to provide health care for our pets and other animals. They have to spend years studying and practicing veterinary care to ensure that they can understand how pets behave and easily determine if they are suffering from any kind of pain. Vets heavily rely on the action of pets, which is why their profession is challenging compared to other healthcare fields.
If you’re dreaming of becoming a veterinarian someday, just want to get to know them more, or determine when to call your vet, here are some of the most interesting facts we can share about them.
1. Veterinarians were in the forefront in the effort to suppress malaria and yellow fever in the United States.
Recently there are about 1,300-1,500 cases of malaria in the United States, and yellow fever is almost uncommon, unlike in the 19th and early 20th centuries where malaria and yellow fever used to be an epidemic there.
2. Some research reveals that this profession is soon going to be the most progressive profession in the U.S. in comparison to other professions which require at least a master level degree for growth.
A degree of veterinary medicine can become your platform to learn more about how pets behave and what each behavior means. With this degree, you’ll have a solid background about pets, making it easy for you to practice being a vet in the future.
A state license, on the other hand, gives you the credibility and legitimacy to operate as a vet in your state. Having one will help you haul in more clients as a state license serves as proof that you have undergone the necessary training to work as a vet and that their pets are in good hands with you. Pets are considered as members of the family, which is why pet owners are very careful in choosing a vet.
3. There is a great need for the employment of the vets in the United States of America
In 2010, nearly 61,000 positions are available for the veterinarians all over the US. As more and more people are now adopting pets into their homes, you can expect that the number of vets needed in the US will continue to increase. As long as you have the education and experience for the job, you’ll never run out of job opportunities as a vet when you’re in the US!
4. Unlike physicians of whom an academic internship is generally required, veterinarians can enter practice right after graduation.
That is also one of the advantages of being an animal doctor! But of course, one must also have a valid license to become a full-fledged, legitimate vet.
5. “Veterinarian” was first used in print by Thomas Browne in 1646
“Veterinarian” is more commonly used in the United States and in many other parts of the world that use American English. The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth nations, on the other hand, usually use the term “veterinary surgeon”
6. Veterinarians earned a median annual salary of $82,900 as of May 2011, according to the bureau.
These figures are expected to rise as this profession is becoming more in-demand.
7. Veterinarians may work in a variety of settings while diagnosing and treating illness, injury, and disease in animals.
Most veterinarians may deal with common house pets, while some are responsible for treating farm animals or sports animals. A few also deal with exotic pets. This means that as a vet, you will have to work with other types of animals such as hamsters, snakes, turtles, and even birds. Different people love to keep different animals as pets so you should have diverse knowledge and skills that will enable you to help all species.
8. The word veterinarian comes from the Latin “veterinae” meaning “working animals”.
English polymath and author Sir Thomas Browned first used the word “veterinarian” in print, in 1646.
9. 61 percent of all agents causing disease in humans are zoonotic.
“Zoonotic” is defined as a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The animal may already be infected with the disease and/or carry pathogens that cause the disease. Examples are malaria, rabies, anthrax, and Lyme disease. You will be responsible for dealing with these kinds of cases when you start to work as a vet. When not managed promptly, these diseases can put the pet and human’s health at risk.
10. Education Requirements
People who wish to become veterinarians should complete strict educational requirements just like with other medical doctors. First, they must attain a bachelor’s degree in the field of science (like biology). Then they must complete four more years to complete a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine. Once they complete their general education, they can start their internship right away for two years, in residence at a vet clinic or office.
11. Not all vets practice medicine.
This is because some veterinarians work in basic research and development of new treatments. There are also other veterinarians who apply their knowledge of animals to human problems. No wonder they were at the forefront of ending malaria in the United States.
12. About 80 percent of practicing veterinarians are females.
Fifty years ago, there were more male veterinary graduates but from 1988, the number of women graduating outstripped the number of men. Now, the ratio of women to men across the profession as a whole stand at 54:46.
13. Dogs are the most common patient of veterinarians.
Since 46.3 million households in the United States own a dog, they are the most popular animal to show up on their veterinary exam table.
There are approximately 62 percent of American households which own a pet which means veterinarians are indeed in high demand. They are pretty interesting people and are truly amazing. Their job is also very important because, without veterinarians, we will have no one to run to whenever our pets are sick and injured.