All creatures great and small.

Exciting news! My school’s educational foundation have informed us that they will contribute to all interviews and open day visits! This means I can visit all of my top choices for University, worry free! Other than this, the past week has been a little slow, I guess the first week back after a holiday is.

So, as promised, the real world of vets, the real life roles of post-graduate vets.

The most popular, with 70% of vet graduates joining small clinical practices. Where clients pets, such as dogs, cats and rabbits  are seen to in appointments. Small surgery such as speying and neutering are the most common forms of surgery to be carried out in small practices. Whereas larger practices may recieve referals.

Then of course there are the large animal practices that specialise in bovine and equine medicine, not forgetting pigs and poultery also. Some mixed practices will provide an “on call” service for local farmers and will rarely operate caesarians in the surgery itself.

Zoo vets are limited in number, but have a great role to play in  the care of exotic and wild animals. Although most veterinary degrees does not specialise in zoology, most, if not all of the skills can be transferred into their care, just on a greater scale with higher risk factors. Let us not forget those who choose to work with wildlife and aquatic mammals also, for most, these vets will specialise and some choose to volunteer in their free time.

A vet may also choose to specialize in a field like radiology, orthopedics, oncology, and so forth; such veterinary specialists typically have their own practices, and they may offer consulting services to those in general practice. Specialising shows true passion for a specific aspect of medicine and can usually lead to a great income as a specialist opens their own surgery.

In contrast, some vets choose to work for he government for examole the Food Standards Agency who employ vets to work in abattoirs, like I mentioned last week. Other vets can work with charitable organistations such as the RSPCA, Dogs Trust and Cat Protection, here they can take up various roles alongside animal welfare officers or perhaps as surgeons.

Some vets even choose to become lectures and educate aspiring vets in veterinary medicine, with some vets choosing to devote their qualifications to laboratory work in animal testing laborarories or industrial pharmaceutical businesses.

Vets even work for the armed forces. You may study here in the UK, but whose stopping you from working abroad. A vet isn’t just “that guy who vaccinates your dog annually” or “the lady who neutered your cat”, their roles stretch far and wide. The world is their oyster!

Overall, vets are everywhere, quite literally, their roles in our lives never stop. For some time I thought I knew what a vets role was… Now I’m quite sure that I was blind, oblivious, innocent to what I know now. You maybe like me, wanting to work for an independent mixed vet practice or you may be completely on the other end of the spectrum, but my point is this, with so much choice, variety and opportunities out there, we can’t pin point ourselves down to one role before we’ve even began to practice medicine. The best part of medicine, is there are no limits! We can do anything, be anywhere, be anyone we want to be. So don’t narrow yourself down to one role, let the choice be as varied as your studies take you!

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