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Veterinary Surgeon

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Veterinary surgeons (vets) diagnose and treat animals that are ill or injured, including domestic pets, farm animals, zoo animals and horses. They prescribe medicines, use anaesthetics and x-rays and carry out surgery.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The average starting salary for newly qualified vets in the UK is around £32,000 a year. This may include allowances for accommodation, a car and fuel and for professional fees. With experience and training this can increase to between £40,000 and £50,000, with senior partners earning up to around £70,000 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

You could work in private practice, an animal welfare society such as the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), a zoo or wildlife park, a research centre or a university veterinary school.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
2090
4.4 %
RISE
2022
2182
  United Kingdom
2017
19519
1.3 %
RISE
2022
19766

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You should not be squeamish, as you will have to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Read the excellent leaflet produced by the RCVS, 'Veterinary Science... for all: All Walks of Life', for more information. You can download it free from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website.

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an assessment test taken by applicants for certain courses, including veterinary medicine, at certain universities. Applicants must apply to take the test by 30 September in the year prior to entry. The test takes place at the beginning of November each year. Visit the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Test website for detailed information.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Veterinary Association (BVA)
Tel: 020 7636 6541
E-mail: bvahq@bva.co.uk
Website: http://www.bva.co.uk/
Twitter: @BritishVets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/britishvets

People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA)
Tel: 0800 917 2509
Website: http://www.pdsa.org.uk/
Twitter: @PDSA_HQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pdsa

For opportunities in voluntary work. There are PDSA centres and contact points throughout the country. By telephoning the Enquiry Freephone, you can be put in touch with the PDSA locally.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Tel: 020 7222 2001
E-mail: info@rcvs.org.uk
Website: http://www.rcvs.org.uk/
Twitter: @RCVS_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thercvs/

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