What does a veterinarian's job entail?
This job means that you care for and treat household pets (most of the time) and occasionally insert microchips. The average salary for a practicing vet is $79,000 a year. Some disadvantages are that it can be emotionally challenging and you have long hours when on call. The occupation requires 4 years of college and an additional four years of veterinary medicine. You must pass a demanding national veterinary medical board exam and take a veterinarian Oath.
Veterinarians have, on average, moderate job security - if they are competent at their job and are in a clinic with a solid business plan, they can be relatively confident that they will have a job as long as they want it. However, changing demographics and economic realities have forced veterinarians to close clinics and relocate, particularly large animal veterinarians in the Midwest, Plains and Rocky Mountains.
Yes, veterinarians can and do get hurt treating animals. Small animal veterinarians tend to have needle sticks, slips/falls, bites from aggressive animals. Large animal veterinarians also have needle sticks and slips/falls, but are at more risk for injury from exposure to the elements and kicks from animals.