10 Fun facts about Veterinarians You May Not Know

Because I have spent so much effort creating content to help veterinarians, I thought I would come up with a post that would address fun facts about veterinarians - just to get to know them a little better. Impress your friends, colleagues, and patients with these veterinarian facts.

10 Fun Facts about Veterinarians

1 All vets must have a specialty.

The most common specialty involves treating household pets and performing surgeries. Other specialties include oncology, radiology, animal dentistry, dermatology, cardiology, preventative animal medicine, internal medicine, or exotic small animal medicine and surgery.

2 The word veterinarian has Latin roots.

The term "veterinarian" comes from the Latin word veterinarae, which roughly translates as "working animal."

3 Not all vets work in a clinic.

Some work in zoos and aquariums caring for large and exotic creatures. Others work on farms as animal inspectors, in laboratories doing research, or in large hospitals with advanced equipment.

4 Being a vet can be dangerous.

Those seeking to cuddle with kittens and play with puppies should choose another profession. Because they deal with hurt or sick animals that are often afraid, vets get bit, scratched, kicked, and whatever else scared animals do while being probed.

5 Vets take an oath to become licensed.

According to the American Veterinarian Medicine Association, vets promise to use their scientific knowledge and skills "for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge."

6 Vets study humans and animals.

In fact, vets who work in research labs have the same access to high level research equipment as human doctors.

7 Vets go to school for a long time.

A career as a veterinarian requires a bachelor's degree. Common four-year degrees for vets include biology, animal science, chemistry, or some other science field. After obtaining this degree, vets earn a four-year Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VDM) degree from an accredited program. Veterinarians must also pass a state licensing exam before practicing.

8 Veterinary medicine became an official profession in the 18th-century.

Claude Bourgelat founded the first veterinary school in Lyon, France in 1761. This marks the official beginning of veterinary medicine as a profession. The Veterinary College of Philadelphia became the first veterinary school in the United States in 1852.

9 The profession has been around for millennia.

The first known attempt at veterinary medicine took place in the Middle East around 9000 B.C.

10 Animals have always been important.

Veterinarian medicine in the Middle Ages focused on horses due to their economic importance. During this time, farriers combined the common practice of horse-shoeing with horse-doctoring.

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