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Veterinarians - 29-1131.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Companion Animal Practitioner
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Emergency Veterinarian (Emergency Vet)
  • Large Animal Veterinarian (Large Animal Vet)
  • Mixed Animal Veterinarian (Mixed Animal Vet)
  • Small Animal Veterinarian (Small Animal Vet)
  • Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM)
  • Veterinary Surgeon (Vet Surgeon)
  • Veterinary Surgical Specialist (Vet Surgical Specialist)
  • Zoo Veterinarian (Zoo Vet)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options.
  • Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses.
  • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
  • Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths.
  • Counsel clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets.
  • Determine the effects of drug therapies, antibiotics, or new surgical techniques by testing them on animals.
  • Direct the overall operations of animal hospitals, clinics, or mobile services to farms.
  • Drive mobile clinic vans to farms so that health problems can be treated or prevented.
  • Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
  • Establish or conduct quarantine or testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans and that comply with applicable government regulations.
  • Euthanize animals.
  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases, such as rabies or distemper.
  • Inspect and test horses, sheep, poultry, or other animals to detect the presence of communicable diseases.
  • Inspect animal housing facilities to determine their cleanliness and adequacy.
  • Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.
  • Perform administrative or business management tasks, such as scheduling appointments, accepting payments from clients, budgeting, or maintaining business records.
  • Plan or execute animal nutrition or reproduction programs.
  • Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds.
  • Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible.
  • Specialize in a particular type of treatment, such as dentistry, pathology, nutrition, surgery, microbiology, or internal medicine.
  • Train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals.
  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze medical data to determine cause of death.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Counsel family members of clients or patients.
  • Determine protocols for medical procedures.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Immunize patients.
  • Inspect facilities for cleanliness.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Manage healthcare operations.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Provide care for animals.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
  • Supervise medical support personnel.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Treat animal injuries or illnesses.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Animal Care Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Field Veterinary Service (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Marine Mammal Systems Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Senior Veterinarian (Immaterial) (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Biomedical Scientist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Clinical Medicine (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Clinician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Clinician, Laboratory Animal (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Comparative Medicine (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Comparative Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Laboratory Animal Medicine (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Laboratory Animal Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Microbiologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Pathologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Pathology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Staff Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinarian, Laboratory Animal Care
  • Veterinarian, Poultry
  • Veterinary Anatomist
  • Veterinary Epidemiologist
  • Veterinary Livestock Inspector
  • Veterinary Meat-Inspector
  • Veterinary Microbiologist
  • Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Veterinary Pharmacologist
  • Veterinary Physiologist
  • Veterinary Virus-Serum Inspector
  • Zoo Veterinarian