Veterinary Medicine

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Birds
Veterinary Medicine

Do mother birds really abandon their chicks if a human touches them?

Not usually! If you’ve heard that birds can smell if a human’s been around, that’s just not true—birds have a pretty poor sense of smell, so they probably won’t even notice your interference.

That said, do be careful if you’re inclined to swoop in and save a baby bird. Predators might be alerted to their location because of your meddling, and besides, not all seemingly abandoned babies are actually on their own—often, the parents are nearby. It’s always the safest bet to call a wildlife rehabilitator before taking matters into your own hands, but if there’s a baby bird in clear danger, it’s totally fine to give it a lift home.

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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 average annual salary in 2011 was ~US$90,000. However, a veterinarian who owns a successful specialty practice can make over US$1,000,000 per year.



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It depends on several factors, therefore there is no accurate answer to the question:

  • Country
  • Organisation
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Field of expertise


In 2011, the average income for a veterinarian in the United States was $90,000.

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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 with your veterinarian. There are safe and relatively cheap medications that your veterinarian can prescribe for him.

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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 ear and hitting the button. It would be extremely painful and there's no reason to be that cruel.

Never apply anything to a dog's nose other than clean lukewarm water if and only if the outside of the nose needs cleaning.

Actually most modern vanilla extracts are alcohol free and use polyethylene glycol instead as the solvent. However its still probably not a good idea to put it on anyone's nose.

Where did you happen to get this strange idea from?

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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 the Veterinary Technician National Exam and possibly a state jurisprudence exam and apply to be credentialed.

For specific information on becoming a credentialed veterinary technician, contact your state veterinary technician association or the state agency that credentials veterinary technicians (commonly the state veterinary licensing board).

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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.

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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 of experience earn between $36k - $40k per year on average.
The median annual income for veterinary technicians was $28,000 per year in 2008. This number obviously goes up as you can more experience, knowledge, and skills.

Median hourly earnings of veterinary technologists and technicians were $12.88 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.44 and $15.77. The bottom 10 percent earned less than $8.79, and the top 10 percent earned more than $18.68.


Veterinary technicians average between $30,000-$45,000 a year. Education, experience, location and type of practice all affect the yearly earnings. A licensed veterinary technician averages $17 an hour.
Veterinary technicians average between $30,000-$45,000 a year. A licensed veterinary technician averages $17 an hour. Education, experience, location and type of practice all affect the yearly earnings.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 issues in one eye that prevents the eye from opening naturally. Puppies are also quite susceptible to orbital bacterial infections, which can also cause an eye to not open as normal.

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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.

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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 wear either business casual, business professional or (in meat plants) white shirts and white pants that are easily cleaned.

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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 basic, so you may see signs of caustic burns in the mouth or upper gastrointestinal tract - excessive salivation, vomiting, painful red erosion in the mouth and on the tongue, refusal to eat, etc. Severe signs of problems would include depression, lethargy, pale gums and a bloating stomach - these could be related to a bleeding ulcer in the stomach that can be life-threatening.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 your vet. Be sure there is lots of water for your dog. Pay attention to whether they are eating or not. Try to get a stool sample (let them have a poo outside and then stick a piece into a clean empty pill bottle) an hour or so before going to the vets. This will help the vet determine what is going on with your dog.

Aspirin is not toxic to dogs.

A typical aspirin dose is 5 to 10 mg per pound (10 to 20 mg/kg) twice daily for dogs, and 5 mg per pound (10 mg/kg) once every other day for cats.

You should definitely see a vet about your dog's fever BUT I see no reason to make it suffer while you wait for an appointment.

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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 vet schools have a strong exotic animal (avian, reptile, amphibian, etc.) program while others have a good marine animal track or excellent opportunities for federal/regulatory medicine. Also, particularly in the United States, the cost of vet school can vary widely depending upon your residency status within the school's state.

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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 thoroughly rinse your cat under lukewarm tap water for 15 minutes, being sure to get all the hair on the underside of the belly and the tail rinse off as well. Fair warning - your cat is probably not going to be happy about this.

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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.

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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 REALLY have Vet bill -- or possibly loose your pet.

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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 dogs, stomach pain is more likely to indicate a viral or bacterial infection, or a foreign body - these won't be treated by a Tums but could either mask the symptoms (delaying treatment) or could make the situation worse. Second, the Tums tablets are metered out for human stomachs, not canine - you are in essence giving your dog a slug of calcium and other salts that could make an upset stomach much worse.

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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.

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