A doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) is licensed to provide medical and surgical care for animals.
Duties May Include
The scope of the veterinary profession also encompasses many diverse opportunities beyond the care of sick animals. In this day and age, a large part of the work veterinarians perform focuses on prevention of disease, rather than the treatment of sick animals.
Although approximately forty percent of veterinarians practice in companion animal clinics, one third of all Canadian veterinarians work with food producing animals and in mixed practices (the latter treat both companion and livestock species). These veterinarians are involved in the inspection, care and treatment of farm livestock species.
Veterinarians are also an important part of our public health system. They provide expertise in the area of outbreak identification and control. Recent examples include West Nile virus and rabies virus. They also help to ensure food safety for humans during food production from animal sources.
Examples of Titles
Small Animal Veterinary Specialist
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code found next to the name of the career is a 4-digit code that classifies occupations by different skill types and skill levels.
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© Canadian Occupational Projection System, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2011.
© JobFutures, Labour Force Survey, 2006.
© National Occupational Classification, Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, 2006.
© Working in Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.