Veterinarian http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet- tips/~/media/All%20PHZ%20Images/Tips/TIP46twovetsholdingdogs.ashx What is a veterinarian: A veterinarian (or vet for short) is a person who cares for the health of animals. The vet him/herself is the ones who give medicine, perform the surgeries, and usually are the owners of the vet clinic. If your cat gets sick, you make an appointment with the vet. When you go there, the vet looks in your cat’s ears, feels their muscles, and looks in their mouth to check for swelling or such. The vet leaves the room for a little while, comes back in with a needle, and your cat’s nightmares come to life. The first step to becoming a vet is to get a bachelor’s degree, which usually takes 4 years. You should study chemistry, biology, math, English, physics, animal science, and nutrition. Next, you need to go to veterinary college for 4 more years. While in Vet College, students learn how to handle animals, do surgeries, and learn what tools are used for what and how to use them. To become a vet you need 3 things: 1) A high degree of manual dexterity. (Skillfulness in using the hands) 2) Good communication skills. 3) Business savvy. (understanding of business) http://chicagoist.com/attachments/chicagoist_kevinr/2008_5_spay_or_neuter.jpg How much do Vets get paid in a year and how much surgeries cost: Vets earn from less than $43,000 to over $133,000 a year. Costs for cat surgeries can range from less than $50 to over $1,500 for a single surgery. Just think if you pay $1,629 to fix a cat with foreign body ingestion (an object introduced to the body from the outside), imagine how much it would cost to fix a horse with foreign body ingestion! Costs for dog surgeries range from less than $45 to well over $2,500.And the cost for horse surgeries can cost from $1,000 to $5,000. Spays and neuters are the most common surgeries performed by vets. I myself have experienced the disgusting yet interesting spaying of a dog. First, the vet and assistants shaves and washes the tuck up (a shallower body depth at the loin) of the dog. Next, the vet lays cloths around the edges of the tuck up and pins the skin on the tuck up to the cloths. The vet then grabs a knife and carefully cuts an opening in the dog's tuck up. After he/she has wiped http://www.wisconsinigrescue.com/images/newsletters/feb08/simon_side.jpg away most of the blood, he/she reaches into the opening, digs around for a little while, and pulls out the uterus. (A hollow muscular organ that contains developing fetus) After the vet ties it up a bit, he snips it of and throws the uterus in the trash. Then stitches the hole up, puts the dog in a large metal kennel and in a half hour she's up and walking around. http://virtualclinics.net/Veterinarian-with-Cat.jpg What companies/organizations hire vets?: One organization, The Alliance (a merging of efforts or interests) of Veterinarians for the Environment (AVE), has veterinarians and others to help each other understand more about animal health and other interesting information. A vet him/herself can start their own business and run their own company. Most veterinarians create their own company. http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photo_StoryLevel/080221/080221-veterinarian-hmed-1030a.hmedium.jpg Why I do and don’t want to become a vet: I want to become a vet so I can help animals. Another reason I would want to become a vet is the fact you wouldn't have many boundaries. Once you’re done with college you can run off and start your own business. There are a few reasons I wouldn’t want to become a vet. Reason #1) I wouldn’t find it very pleasing to cut open a dog and pull out their uterus and cut it off. It’s a bit sickening thinking about it. Reason #2) I would have a hard time putting a dog to sleep (That’s why I wouldn’t want to work at a humane society because they euthanize a lot of dogs and cats). And last but not least reason #3) once when I was volunteering at the veterinarian hospital, I saw some weird brown lumps on the ground. “What is that?” I asked one of the vet helpers. “Poop,” they replied. Ok, reason #3 is, I wouldn't really want to pick up someone else's dog's poop. I mean, I have no problem picking up my own dog's poop. There is just something about picking up someone's dog's poop that isn't very appealing to me. http://parkanimalvetsf.com/img/surgery2.jpg Bibliography: http://www.bls.gov/K12/nature04.htm http://www.vet-schools.com/ http://www.canismajor.com/dog/spayneut.htmln http://www.lycos.com/info/veterinarians.html http://www.audioenglish.net/dictionary/adroitness.htm My own knowledge from veterinarian volunteering.
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