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Veterinarians diagnose, prevent and treat diseases, injuries and dysfunctions of animals. They may provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in the treatment of a particular animal group or in a particular specialty area, or provide professional services to commercial firms producing biological and pharmaceutical products.

Job Definition

(a) determining the presence and nature of abnormal conditions by physical examination, laboratory testing and through diagnostic imaging techniques including radiography and ultrasound
(b) treating animals medically and surgically, and administering and prescribing drugs, analgesics, and general and local anaesthetics
(c) performing surgery, dressing wounds and setting broken bones
(d) rendering obstetric and dental services to animals
(e) participating in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases
(f) inoculating animals against, and testing for infectious diseases and notifying authorities of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases
(g) performing autopsies to determine cause of death
(h) advising clients on health, nutrition and feeding, hygiene, breeding and care of animals
(i) providing euthanasia services for animals

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