Did you know that there are many different types of veterinarians in the world? When you talk about vets, most people would assume that you are referring to the person you would bring your dog to if they got sick. However, you can find veterinary services for literally any animal in the world. If you are thinking about becoming a vet, you have a tough choice ahead: Which type of vet will you become?
There are five main types of vets.
Companion Animal Vets
A companion animal vet is one that sees people's pets. It may sound a bit basic, but in fact, companion veterinarians are the most common and have regular clientele. They frequently perform surgeries and operations and probably have the most contact with the general population.
There are many different ways to become a specialist veterinarian. For example, you could specialize in a certain procedure or operation, or you become an expert in caring for a certain animal. There are also people who specialize in wild animals such as bears or wolves. Specialists tend to make a bit more than a general veterinarian.
Zoo vets specialize on animals that you will find in a zoo. They will care for their diet, pass off on their enclosures, and make sure that they are properly cared for. Zoo vets have an exciting career working with exotic animals.
Food Animal Vets
Food animal vets care for agricultural animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens. These vets are essential for successful farms, ensuring that the animals that farmers have invested so much in are well cared for. In addition to helping farmers, food animal vets help to ensure that these animals are in a good condition to be eaten by people, making sure that no one gets sick.
Vets do much more than just caring for animals. Many are dedicated to research and discovering new methods of care in the animal medicine world. They frequently work for universities or government agencies.
In conclusion, there is no limit to what type of vet you could become. Find your passion and then practice until you are an incredible vet in that field. If you have questions about what the work life of a vet is like, shadow one or get an internship of some sort. There is no better way to figure out what type of vet you want to be.