Veterinary students often have an idea of their career path upon entering school, whether it be small or large animal veterinary medicine, general practice, specialty medicine, etc. Once exposed to the full curriculum you may consider other areas where you can practice veterinary medicine.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a significant growth in veterinary medicine from 2016 to 2026 of 19%, giving veterinarians plenty of opportunity to thrive! Veterinary medicine offers diversity and a wide range of career opportunities for graduates.
Common jobs veterinarians pursue are small or large animal general practice, but you can choose to get as granular as feline, exotics, or pocket pets only! You can consider opening your own veterinary hospital, becoming an associate veterinarian for an established practice or network such as THRIVE Affordable Vet Care, or even doing relief work.
Do you love aquatics or zoology? Veterinary jobs in those fields exist too! Pet parents have also generated an increased demand for house call services where their pets are treated in the comfort of their own home to help alleviate stress associated with veterinary visits.
Advances in veterinary medicine would not be possible without jobs in veterinary research. Veterinary scientists are crucial to the evolution of the routine diagnostics and treatment of pets. According to the AVMA, “veterinarians who work in pharmaceutical and biomedical research develop, test, and supervise the production of drugs, chemicals, and biological products such as vaccines”. Animals used in this testing are also monitored by veterinarians to ensure that they are humanely treated, and federal guidelines are being followed.
Food animal veterinary medicine is another popular career path when it comes to veterinary jobs. Veterinarians work closely to ensure that animals such as cows, pigs, and chickens are raised in healthy and humane settings while also making sure that they are healthy for human consumption. As with other veterinary jobs, food supply veterinary medicine serves a vital role for food-quality standards in the United States and other parts of the world.
Leadership opportunities exist and are essential to the individual growth and well-being of veterinarians who are interested in continuing to learn, grow, and advance their careers regardless of the field of veterinary medicine they choose.
There are ample opportunities for veterinarians because of the demand for high-quality patient care and the evolutionary thought that “pets are family.” Talk to one of our veterinary recruiters today to learn more about opportunities with our ever growing team!