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Veterinarian,Veterinary practitioner,Veterinary surgeon

Job Description: 

Veterinarians diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases and disorders, and advise on preventative action. They may work in practices, specialising according to their location in either a rural or urban area, or in the public sector or associated industries such as pharmaceuticals, food production or drug regulation


Entrants will require a university degree in veterinary science and registration as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Pre-entry experience in a veterinary practice may be required for entry to a university veterinary school.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 1.2
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 3.1
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • examines animals, diagnoses condition and prescribes and administers appropriate drugs, dressings, etc., and arranges or undertakes any necessary x-ray or other tests;
  • inoculates animals against communicable diseases;
  • administers local or general anaesthetics and performs surgery;
  • investigates outbreaks of animal diseases and advises owners on feeding, breeding and general care;
  • euthanases old, sick, terminally ill and unwanted animals;
  • performs tasks relating to food safety policy, regulation of veterinary drugs, quality control of veterinary products;
  • performs ante-mortem inspection of animals destined for the food chain, and animal post-mortem examinations;
  • carries out expert witness work and undertakes teaching of veterinary students;
  • maintains records, raises and forwards reports and certificates in compliance with current legislation.
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