Veterinary SurgeonWork as a Veterinary Surgeon will provide an interesting mix of the great outdoors and practice time as well as meeting lots of people.
A vet works to safeguard the health and welfare of animals, working to prevent, as well as cure, disease in animals. You can specialise in small animal, equine or agriculture practice or combine all three for a really varied career.
The job of a vet is to combine a knowledge of animal physiology, nutrition and medicine with practical skills to diagnose illness, prescribe medicines and perform surgery.
A newly-qualified vet will start on approximately £20,000 a year and senior partners can earn over £50,000. This will vary depending on the type and size of the practice and the area. Some employers may also offer benefits such as a car and accomodation.
You will need to attain high grades in at least three A-Levels in subjects such as chemistry, biology, physics and maths.
Veterinary degrees are available at six UK universities: Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and the Royal Veterinary College in London.
Course last five years and competition for places is intense, therefore evidence of your interest and commitment is helpful and work experience can be useful, so help out at your local veterinary surgery, farm or livery yard.
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons www.rcvs.org.uk