Day in the Life
often work long hours. Those in group practices may take turns being on
call for evening, night, or weekend work; solo practitioners may work
extended and weekend hours, responding to emergencies or squeezing in
unexpected appointments. The work setting often can be noisy.
large-animal practice spend time driving between their office and farms
or ranches. They work outdoors in all kinds of weather and may have to
treat animals or perform surgery under unsanitary conditions. When
working with animals that are frightened or in pain, veterinarians risk
being bitten, kicked, or scratched.
working in nonclinical areas, such as public health and research, have
working conditions similar to those of other professionals in those
lines of work. In these cases, veterinarians enjoy clean, well-lit
offices or laboratories and spend much of their time dealing with people
rather than animals.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.