VET­ERI­NAR­IAN Pet care

THE LOW­DOWN

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A vet­eri­nar­ian – or vet – is a physi­cian/sur­geon for an­i­mals. Most vets look af­ter dogs or other do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals, while some treat wild an­i­mals like the big cats and other an­i­mals in a zoo/re­served for­est area. When treat­ing a pet, ex­pe­ri­ence and love for an­i­mals works far bet­ter than hitech ma­chin­ery and med­i­cal tests. A vet first checks with the owner about the pet’s tem­per­a­ment and then pro­ceeds to touch it. Even then, an ag­gres­sive an­i­mal may have to be muz­zled and leashed be­fore treat­ment. In a zoo or a large dairy, big an­i­mals are driven into a small en­clo­sure which en­ables the vet to in­spect them closely and not get in­jured by them in the process. The dairy in­dus­try or govern­ment health care cen­tres re­quire vet­eri­nar­i­ans to take care of their live­stock

CLOCK­WORK 9am: Open clinic 9.30am: Ex­am­ine pets, pre­pare progress re­ports, con­duct check­ups and pre­scribe medicines 1pm: Lunch 2pm: Read med­i­cal jour­nals, if time per­mits 4pm: Re­sume clinic work. If an an­i­mal is crit­i­cally ill or needs mon­i­tor­ing, it is re­ferred to the emer­gency clinic 7pm: Wind up

THE PAY­OFF In the pri­vate sec­tor, start­ing salaries are around R20,000R25,000 a month, which goes up with ex­pe­ri­ence, des­ig­na­tion and per­for­mance. Af­ter about 10 years in the pro­fes­sion, you can earn R1 lakh a month. In pri­vate prac­tice, your in­come de­pends en­tirely on your clien­tele SKILLS/TRAITS You have to love an­i­mals. It is only this that can make the ani-

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