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A career in veterinary science will mean that your time is dedicated to helping animals and ensuring that they receive the best care possible. The work can be difficult, particularly when dealing with life or death situations, but it is also incredibly rewarding.
The two main roles within Veterinary Science are a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse.
A nurse will be the helping hand to the vet and be responsible for looking after the animals that have to remain in the practice pre and post-surgery. You could also be involved in the surgery work through monitoring vitals, preparing the equipment and ensuring the area is sanitised. It’s very important and fast-paced work.
To be a vet you will need to have a Veterinary Medicine degree and you would be responsible for diagnosing and coming up with the treatment plans for sick animals, plus often doing surgeries or administering medicine. It is a very demanding role, both physically and mentally, but also has great rewards.
However, it’s not all about pets and veterinary science specialists are required for all animals across the country. Depending on the practice that you choose to work with you could be helping farm and zoo animals too.
It is likely that you will have to work unsociable hours, through either shift work or being on call, as animals could require emergency assistance at any time of the day. They don’t respect your alarm clock when they get ill!