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What it Takes to Become an Equine Veterinarian

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Consider and analyze the job of an equine veterinarian. Describe the profession and consider what information is relevant and not relevant.

What would be the perspective on the psychological profile of someone who would best succeed at this occupation.

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This job description outlines the physical and emotional characteristics required to become a successful equine veterinarian. It includes the traits most useful in handling health issues of horses, as well as those useful for communicating effectively, and in a caring manner, to horse owners.

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Equine Veterinary Medicine is a specialty career within the larger profession of veterinary

medicine. There are several aspects of the job that require specified knowledge. There are also several

skills sets such a professional should possess. The equine veterinary professional is a licensed

veterinarian who can practice medicine on animals in the state in which he or she is licensed. The

professional only deals with health and health related issues. This professional is not a trainer and is

not involved in aspects of animal behavior, other than occasionally determining if the horse's

temperament would make it suitable for a certain type of work or competition.

The equine veterinarian

will address many health issues, including those that may be considered emergencies, such as fractures,

cases of colic (intestinal twisting and inflammation) and issues related to pregnancy of female horses.

The equine veterinarian will give immunizations, check for problems of the female horse's reproductive

system, will determine pregnancy, and may, on occasion, assist with difficult delivery of horse foals.

The equine veterinarian will assess the health of horses, including taking blood samples, to determine if

the horse has contracted one of several highly infectious diseases. ...

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