[2015] Jaclyn LaTorre: My dream career

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[2015] Jaclyn LaTorre: My dream career

How do you become an equine vetenarian & surgeon?

Academic Qualifications• Maintain high academic achievement in college as well as practical experience.•Receive at least three years of college education in Biological and Physical Sciences or Animal Science.•Get a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Physical Sciences or Animal Science. (Optional)•Earn Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM).•Complete a one-two year internship after receiving your DVM. In order to specialize, a DVM must complete an internship, residency and pass a specialist examination to be fully certified in that area of veterinary medicine.•Specialists in fields such as surgery, dentistry and neurology also must receive training in a residency program, according to Education Portal. •Take the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam to receive your license.•Lastly, in order to practice, all veterinarians must then become board certified by passing both an oral and written exam issued by the state.

Safety percussions •Vets should avoid blind spots and approach slowly so animals are aware of your presence and proximity.•As you approach the animal, talk softly so they hear you coming.•Pay attention to body language, especially signs of agitation. •Sharp edges, slippery floors, improper lighting, and other structural hazards are responsible for many accidents and injuries. Maintain a safe environment and keep equipment in good working order.•Be sure to secure animals safely can help you to avoid sprains, strains, slip and fall accidents, and other physical injuries.•Always handle hazardous medical equipment, such as needles or chemicals, with caution. Never throw needles away in the trash. Most clinics and farms keep special red biohazard disposal boxes on hand for this purpose.•Items of PPE can include a variety of options such as safety glasses, latex gloves, masks, steel toed footwear, helmets, coveralls, and lead aprons•While working with animals, be sure that they have your complete attention at all times.

Common work day:•Equine veterinarians often are active travelers. .•Rather than requiring horse owners to bring their horses to a practice for treatment, equine veterinarians typically travel to farms and stables to treat horses where they live.•Office is on wheels are often are packed with equipment and medicine,•The American Association of Equine Practitioners say Equine veterinarians often have work weeks that exceed 40 hours and include emergency care. An example of emergency care is managing a birth; which can occur at all hours of the day.•It is common for equine veterinarians to work a five to six day week with additional “on call” emergency responsibilities as needed•The typical routine for an equine vet includes performing basic exams, giving routine vaccinations, drawing blood, prescribing medications, evaluating and suturing wounds, performing surgeries, and post-surgical follow up exams•Other duties may include performing pre-purchase exams, monitoring the reproductive health of breeding stallions and broodmares, assisting with foals, and taking x-rays.•Equine veterinarians may work in conjunction with a farrier to correct angular limb deformities, solve lameness issues, and ensure proper balance of the equine foot

Pros in being an equine vet•Job growth as fast as the national average (jobs expected to increase 12% by 2022*)•Equine medicine is now nearly as advanced as human medicine•High Earnings•Multiple specialties to choose from •I’m around my favorite animals and what I love•I’m making a difference.•I get to travel from place to place•I get the chance to face new challenges to face everyday

Average salary of an equine vet•Food-animal exclusive veterinarians earned the highest mean professional income at $131,479,•Food-animal exclusive veterinarians earned the highest mean professional income at $131,479,•Companion-animal exclusive veterinarians at $124,768.•Veterinarians at least 50 years of age or older reported earning three times as much as their 20-something counterparts.•The American Association of Equine Practitioners compiled results from a 2007 survey of 1,253 members, or roughly 18 percent of its membership, and discovered that age and years of experience are notable factors in salary.•The American Association of Equine Practitioners compiled results from a 2007 survey of 1,253 members, or roughly 18 percent of its membership, and discovered that age and years of experience are notable factors in salary.•There are steps you can take to maximize your immediate and long-term earning potential; recent graduates who complete internships or residencies report higher salaries•Other ways to increase your salary include becoming board certified or obtaining an advanced degree.


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