Diagnoses, treats and prevents animal diseases, ailments and injuries.
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.
- treats animals medically and surgically, administering and prescribing drugs, analgesics, general or local anaesthetics
- determines the presence and nature of abnormal conditions by physical examination and by using diagnostic techniques including laboratory tests and X-ray examinations
- performs surgery, dresses wounds and sets broken bones
- renders obstetric services to animals
- participates in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases
- inoculates animals against, and tests for, infectious diseases and notifies authorities of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases
- performs autopsies to determine cause of death
- advises clients on hygiene, feeding, breeding and care of animals
- may provide professional services to commercial firms producing biological or pharmaceutical products
- may specialise with a particular animal group or in a particular specialty area