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Career Choices for Veterinarians


Private Practice and Beyond

Second edition, 2011

Carin A. Smith, DVM

Whether you are a veterinarian thinking about a change from private practice, or a student exploring your options, this book is for you. It’s full of solid practical advice, including self-assessments, web links to hundreds of resources, and real-life examples of veterinarians working in unique career paths all over the world.

You will find:
  • Pros and cons of every job.
  • Pay ranges and benefits offered.
  • How to apply—officially, and unofficially.
  • Daily work—what it’s really like—straight from the people who are actually doing the work.
  • The jobs most in demand, and challenges facing the profession.


In Career Choices, you will find that veterinary medicine can include:

  • Just cats
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Rural practice
  • Medical informatics
  • Acupuncture
  • Grizzly bears
  • Farmed fish
  • Consulting
  • Beef or dairy cattle
  • Animal shelter medicine
  • Technical writing
  • Humanitarian work
  • Global public health
  • Pet birds, lizards, and gerbils
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • African wildlife
  • International policy
  • Food safety
  • Housecall practice
  • Cancer treatments for pets
  • Biomedical research
  • Hospice care for cats and dogs
  • General practice
  • Specialization in cardiology, radiology, and more…

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