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Vet Jobs Overview For anyone with a love of animals, a career as a vet is a very rewarding path to follow. There are ...

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Vet Jobs Overview

For anyone with a love of animals, a career as a vet is a very rewarding path to follow. There are several options available, from fully trained veterinary surgeons and nurses, through to specialist areas such as pharmaceutical, hydrotherapy and radiography. Employers offering vet vacancies are also looking for candidates with good people skills, which are just as important as dealing with animals. Whilst offering rewarding moments, work as a vet can be emotionally demanding, so any potential candidate would need to be able to display compassion as well as efficiency.

Vet Jobs Education Requirements

A fully qualified veterinary surgeon will be a ‘Member or Fellow of the RCVS’, with the initials ‘MRCVS/FRCVS’ after their name, showing that they have reached the required standard to practise in any vet jobs that incorporate veterinary medicine and surgery. A nurse will need a minimum of five GCSEs, which will include maths, English and also science, plus be able to show some work experience, albeit with voluntary animal care jobs, before applying for a full-time position.

Vet Jobs Market

According to Veterinary Record, there is no shortage of jobs available for a veterinary-surgeon, nurses or assistants, all of whom will have no difficulty finding vet vacancies, from junior positions through to more senior ones. Some will be working with small domestic pets while others will deal with larger ones, such as horses and farm animals.

Vet Jobs Salary Information

According to PayScale, the average starting salary for a fully qualified veterinary surgeon is £30,387 per year, which can rise to £41,148 in small veterinary practises and up to £44,142 in larger ones. The salary associated with a qualified veterinary nurse job is approximately £18,000 to £22,000 a year, while a senior veterinary nurse’s salary can rise to £26,000. A veterinary radiographer, according to Prospects, can start at £21,478 rising to £40,558.

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