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£14,560 Average salary at age 20
£38,480 Average Salary
36 Average hours per week


Veterinarians diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases and disorders, and advise on preventative action. They may work in practices, specialising according to their location in either a rural or urban area, or in the public sector or associated industries such as pharmaceuticals, food production or drug regulation.

Main Tasks

  • Examines animals, diagnoses condition and prescribes and administers appropriate drugs, dressings, etc., and arranges or undertakes any necessary x-ray or other tests;
  • Inoculates animals against communicable diseases;
  • Administers local or general anaesthetics and performs surgery;
  • Investigates outbreaks of animal diseases and advises owners on feeding, breeding and general care;
  • Euthanases old, sick, terminally ill and unwanted animals;
  • Performs tasks relating to food safety policy, regulation of veterinary drugs, quality control of veterinary products;
  • Performs ante-mortem inspection of animals destined for the food chain, and animal post-mortem examinations;
  • Carries out expert witness work and undertakes teaching of veterinary students;
  • Maintains records, raises and forwards reports and certificates in compliance with current legislation.


Entrants will require a university degree in veterinary science and registration as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Pre-entry experience in a veterinary practice may be required for entry to a university veterinary school.

What Veterinarians studied in higher education

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What Veterinarians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(D2) Clinical veterinary medicine & dentistry77
(D3) Animal science5
(D1) Pre-clinical veterinary medicine18

UK Prospects

25200 Workforce Size
6.93% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
4930 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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