1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Veterinary Surgeon

Diagnoses, treats and prevents animal diseases, ailments and injuries.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:
  • 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

Veterinary Parasitologist
Veterinary Pathologist

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