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Veterinary Medicine

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Asked in Salary and Pay Rates, Veterinary Medicine

How much money does a veterinarian earn?

In the United States, the average salary for a veterinarian in 2013 was ~US$90,000. Worldwide, however, this varies widely depending upon the type of practice and local and national economic status. Average yearly earnings $39,500-$92,800 or more In 2011 in the United States the average annual salary was ~US$90,000. it depends on how long you are working and what kind of vet you are but, a domesticated animal vet that works for someone else will get about $100,000 a year In the United States, the...
Asked in Dog Health, Veterinary Medicine, Aspirin

Can you give your dog aspirin?

No - aspirin (and all other human pain medications like Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, acetominophen, etc.) are toxic to dogs. They are very sensitive to the side effects and can develop a fatal stomach ulcer from the drug after even a single pill. Every year a number of veterinarians watch a dog die because the owner gave the dog aspirin to treat some sort of pain. If you believe your dog would benefit from pain medication, you should make an appointment...
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions, Dog Health, Veterinary Medicine

Where would you buy vanilla extract to rub on a dog's nose?

Vanilla extract contains alcohol, and alcohol is not appropriate for application to an area as sensitive as a dog's nose. The result would be intense pain and drying; it is no less than abusive to apply such a substance to a dog's nose, and no veterinarian would approve of it. Also, dogs have extremely acute senses of smell and vanilla extract has a very strong odor to it - this would be the equivalent of putting an air horn to your...
Asked in Jobs, Job Training and Career Qualifications, Salary and Pay Rates, Veterinary Medicine

How do you become a veterinary technician?

This will vary depending upon the location in which you want to work. In the United States, most states require a veterinary technician to be formally trained and credentialed while other states have no requirements. Either way, most veterinary technicians start as veterinary assistants and get some experience, then go to college (either a 2 year or a 4 year degree program) to receive an associate's or bachelor's degree. In states that require credentialing, they are then required to take and pass...
Asked in Farm Animals, Veterinary Medicine

What is the best animal anatomy book for teen that wants to be a vet?

One good vet anatomy book that isn't just pictures to memorize and actually explains anatomy is the Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy by KM Dyce. This is an excellent comparative anatomy book that is used by vet students in the United States. ...
Asked in Salary and Pay Rates, Veterinary Medicine

How much do veterinary technicians earn?

This varies somewhat depending upon geographic location, type of practice, educational level and experience. In general, a newly graduated vet tech with a degree can expect to make $14-$16 per hour while an experienced technician can often make $19-$30 per hour, more with board certification in a specialty. Vet techs fresh out of school can expect to earn between $12 - $14 in most states. As you gain experience that number goes up. Vet tech salary for those with about 5 years...
Asked in Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Cat Health, Veterinary Medicine

Can cats have Tylenol?

No, you cannot give Tylenol to cats for pain because it can cause a fatal reaction (Heinz body anemia). Even a single pill is far too much and could kill your cat. This is why you should never give people medication to pets - they are not small humans and what would be safe for you may be lethal to them. ...
Asked in Salary and Pay Rates, Veterinary Medicine

How much do veterinary technicians earn in Massachusetts?

This varies somewhat depending upon geographic location, type of practice, educational level and experience. In general, a newly graduated vet tech with a degree can expect to make $14-$16 per hour while an experienced technician can often make $19-$30 per hour, more with board certification in a specialty. ...
Asked in Job Training and Career Qualifications, Veterinary Medicine, Essays

What skills do people need to have to become a veterinarian?

You need to have a strong work ethic, self-motivation, self-respect and self-esteem, good time management skills, good communication skills and excellent study skills. ...
Asked in Dog Health, Dog Care, Veterinary Medicine

Is mange potentially fatal to my dog?

While mange is not typically life-threatening, cases can be so severe that animals loose body condition because they are so miserable that they don't eat or drink well. ...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Dog Behavior, Veterinary Medicine

What if a puppy only opens one eye?

Most puppies have slightly different open times for each eye, generally separated by less than 2 hours. However, it is possible for a puppy to have one eye open on one day (say, a Monday) and the other eye not open until the next day (in this example, Tuesday). However, if one eye remains closed after the other has opened over 24 hours prior, you should take your puppy to a veterinarian for examination. Sometimes puppies can be born with congenital structure...
Asked in Veterinary Medicine, Workplace Health and Safety

What personal protective equipment do vets use?

Most veterinarians use less PPE than they should, limiting themselves to gloves when handling biologic fluids and tissues and the use of lead aprons and thyroid shields when operating a radiograph machine. During dental cleanings and oral surgeries, most veterinarians will choose to use a face shield to protect from splashing. Otherwise, veterinarians tend to rely on technique and good assistants to stay safe. ...
Asked in Job Training and Career Qualifications, Veterinary Medicine, Club Penguin

What does a veterinarian wear?

This will depend heavily on the type of practice the veterinarian is in. Most small animal veterinarians will either wear business casual (polos and slacks) or scrubs, each plus or minus a white lab coat. Large animal vets tend to wear business casual underneath coveralls, which are changed after every farm visit. Equine vets also tend to wear business casual. There are also veterinarians in the uniformed services who wear their military uniforms daily, as well as veterinarians in the federal government who...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Veterinary Medicine

What happens when a dog eats laundry powder?

Take it to the vet for emergency treatment. Grab the laundry powder as well, so the veterinarian can read the ingredient label and provide treatment accordingly. If you get to the vets fast enough, they will be able to evacuate your dog's stomach, hopefully before any real damage has been done. If you take a 'wait and see' approach, by the time symptoms show, it will be too late and treatment will be long and expensive. Laundry powder tends to be pH...
Asked in Dog Health, Veterinary Medicine, Nuts

Do almonds hurt dogs?

Almonds are not unhealthy for dogs but when feeding a dog an almond do not give the dog too many cause it will upset the dogs stomach. Be sure to watch your dog eat them as it could cut their gums or the lining of their mouth. ...
Asked in Cat Health, Veterinary Medicine

Can you give fish antibiotics to your cat?

No - the antibiotics are formulated very differently for fish than they are for cats and you could end up killing your cat. If you believe your cat needs antibiotic treatment, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for an examination. He/she will provide the proper antibiotics if needed. ...
Asked in Health, Business & Finance, Medication and Drugs, Criminal Law, Veterinary Medicine

Can you be a vet tech with a felony for drugs in GA?

Most states will not allow a person with a felony, much less a drug felony, to be credentialed as a veterinary technician. Most veterinarians will not hire someone with a drug felony either as they keep controlled substances on the premises. ...
Asked in Dog Health, Veterinary Medicine

What can you do for fever in dogs?

What you absolutely shouldn't do is try to give your dog medication at home - human fever reducers (called "antipyretics" on the bottle) such as Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, ibuprofen, aspirin, acetominophen and others are very toxic to dogs and you can cause a fatal stomach ulcer pretty easily with these drugs. When your dog has a fever it's best to see a vet. There can be too many reasons why your dog has a fever and it should be diagnosed by...
Asked in Job Training and Career Qualifications, Veterinary Medicine, Education

What is the best vet school?

While vet schools around the world are ranked annually, the rankings change from year to year and are partially based on non-academic metrics like total grant funding and number of publications by faculty. Any college or university that has an accredited veterinary medicine program will provide a good education, so I would suggest focusing more on which is the best fit for your finances and your career aspirations. For instance, while every vet school will cover the standard domestic animals, only a few...
Asked in Cat Health, Veterinary Medicine

What happens if your cat is sprayed with bleach?

This will depend mostly on the concentration of the bleach. If it was already diluted per label instructions, it can cause some irritation to the mucus membranes and the skin but otherwise shouldn't be too much of a problem. If the bleach was at full strength, it could cause severe chemical burns on the skin, the tongue, the mouth and the esophagus and stomach. To prevent problems, as soon as you realize your cat was sprayed with bleach, you should immediately and...
Asked in Job Training and Career Qualifications, Veterinary Medicine

What types of animals do veterinarians care for?

Veterinarians as a group care for a very wide range of animals, from frogs and spiders to whales and giraffes. However, most veterinarians specialize in treating just few species of animals. The most commonly thought of species that veterinarians care for in the United States are horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, cats and dogs. Less common animals include ferrets, llamas, alpacas, pet birds, snakes, lizards, fish, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. ...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Veterinary Medicine

How much tetracycline to give your dog?

In general, you should see your veterinarian to get a prescription for tetracycline that is specific to your dog and the infection being treated. Doseage is based upon the dog's weight, the dog's health status (particularly liver and kidney function parameters), the type and location of the infection being treated and the formulation of the tetracycline. If you're wrong on dosage, duration, or appropriateness, you can make the situation worse by making the bacterial infection more antibiotic resistant -- now you're going to...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Veterinary Medicine

Is Tums safe to give to dogs?

Probably not - Tums is an antacid for humans to relieve stomach pain and it is basically calcium carbonate with some flavoring. The carbonate portion reacts with the stomach acid to neutralize the acid, which is presumed to be causing the problems; the calcium is absorbed or passes through the digestive tract. The problem with Tums and dogs is twofold. First, dogs tend to not have stomach ulcers, excessive stomach acid and other gastric problems that are more common in humans. In...
Asked in Salary and Pay Rates, Canada, Veterinary Medicine

How much money does a veterinarian earn in Canada?

This will vary widely depending upon the type of practice, the geographic location, the amount of experience, clinic ownership status and any additional certification or specialty. However, a very rough average would be between CA$85,000 and CA$95,000. ...
Asked in Dog Health, Dog Care, Veterinary Medicine

What should you do if your dog eats rat poison?

You need to call your veterinarian immediately and notify him/her that you need to bring your dog in for emergency treatment for rat poison ingestion. Get an old blanket or some towels to lay down in the kennel or the back of your vehicle - your dog may vomit on the way in. Grab the rat poison (what's left of it, or the package it came in), and head straight to the vet clinic. Your veterinarian will evaluate your dog, see...