Veterinarians are licensed physicians that treat diseases, injuries, and disorders in animals. People who have pets, livestock or show animals depend on them in their day to day activities. In competitions for show animals a licensed veterinarian is required to be on the grounds at all times in case of an emergency. Vets are responsible for the longevity of many house pets as well as livestock animals. With modern medicine and the wisdom of your local vet, pets can live longer and healthier lives. In the United States, a veterinarian must have a minimum of 7-9 years of schooling before they can ever start practicing their trade. And if one wants to have a specialty, they have to go even longer. It is an occupation that takes a lot of dedication and determination.
Patience is a virtue that anyone wanting to become a vet must have. There are many different kinds of animals that they have to learn about. It is not a job for the faint of heart.
There are several branches one can practice in the field of veterinarian medicine. Some vets only practice on exotic animals such as dogs, cats, small mammals (such as guinea pigs and hamsters), fish, and snakes. Others restrict their practice to farm animals such as cows and horses. Still others are interested in research and development of medicines and cures for animals. And we have those who are professors, passing their knowledge along to future veterinarians.
So the next time that you call your vet or take your pet into their office, know that you are putting them in the hands of a professional. One who has put in years of study and hard work so that they may be able to take care of your pet. They truly are important to society.