1. Zoo veterinarian
National average salary: $59,986 per year
Primary duties: Zoo veterinarians provide care for exotic animals and wildlife living in zoos and sanctuaries. These veterinary physicians examine animals, administer medication, rehabilitate animals and perform surgeries.
2. Veterinary practice manager
National average salary: $63,832 per year
Primary duties: Veterinary practice managers provide a veterinary office or facility with business management services. They oversee operations and organize various elements of the facility, including payroll, scheduling and office maintenance. These professionals do not work directly with servicing animals. Instead, they support the environment for that to happen.
3. Veterinary hospital manager
National average salary: $64,738 per year
Primary duties: A veterinary hospital manager makes sure that the business elements of an animal hospital run smoothly. This person does not provide animal care, but the work they do supports the systems and people who provide care for animals. A veterinary hospital manager hires and trains staff, balances budgets and expenditures, manages software and programs and completes inventory orders.
4. Public health veterinarian
National average salary: $67,343 per year for similar positions
Primary duties: Public health veterinarians consult with veterinarian physicians at both state and local levels. Their primary job function is to keep the human and animal populations safe from exposure to interspecies infectious diseases.
5. Regulatory medicine veterinarian
National average salary: $83,781 per year
Primary duties: Regulatory medicine veterinarians do not work with living animals. They conduct regulatory testing and inspections of animal meat intended for human consumption. The tests check for livestock diseases and disease causing pathogens. These professionals also complete and deliver safety reports.
6. Small animal veterinarian
National average salary: $100,708 per year
Primary duties: Small animal veterinarians provide care for small animals and house pets. These veterinary physicians work in clinics, veterinary offices and veterinary hospitals—they examine pets and administer medication, create rehabilitation plans and perform surgeries.
7. Military veterinarian
National average salary: $103,090 per year
Primary duties: Military veterinarians provide healthcare for military dogs and animals in conflicts zones. They offer aid and veterinary care in underdeveloped areas, and conduct animal research on behalf of the United States military.
8. Veterinary research scientist
National average salary: $111,691 per year
Primary duties: Veterinary research scientists design and conduct studies involving animals. They offer animal subjects basic care while performing their research. These scientists hypothesize outcomes, collect data, analyze results and publish their findings.
9. Professor of veterinary medicine
National average salary: $166,350 per year according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Primary duties: Professors of veterinary medicine work in universities and colleges delivering academic information to students of veterinary sciences. They teach, give lectures and supervise students in clinical training settings. These veterinary physicians offer crucial advice and mentorship to those studying to work in the animal healthcare industry.
10. Board certified veterinary surgery specialist
National average salary: $266,908 per year
Primary duties: Board certified veterinary surgeons are specialists who perform surgeries that require specialization beyond a licensed veterinarian. Beyond surgery, they diagnose illnesses, create treatment plans and develop rehabilitation programs.
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