CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Vetrinarians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals. Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
 
Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
 
Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies and distemper.
 
Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
 
Operate diagnostic equipment such as radiographic and ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images.
 
Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.
 
Train and supervise workers who handle and care for animals.
 
Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds.
 
Euthanize animals.
 
Establish and conduct quarantine and testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans, and that comply with applicable government regulations.
 
Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths.
 
Direct the overall operations of animal hospitals, clinics, or mobile services to farms.
 
Drive mobile clinic vans to farms so that health problems can be treated or prevented.
 
Specialize in a particular type of treatment such as dentistry, pathology, nutrition, surgery, microbiology, or internal medicine.
 
Inspect and test horses, sheep, poultry, and other animals to detect the presence of communicable diseases.
 
Plan and execute animal nutrition and reproduction programs.
 
Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible.
 
Inspect animal housing facilities to determine their cleanliness and adequacy.
 
Determine the effects of drug therapies, antibiotics, or new surgical techniques by testing them on animals.
 
Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, and treatment options.
 
Attend lectures, conferences, and continuing education courses.
 
Perform administrative and business management tasks such as scheduling appointments, accepting payments from clients, budgeting, and maintaining business records.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
American Data Systems PAWS Veterinary Practice Management Medical software
 
Butler Animal Health Supply DVM Manager software Medical software
 
Complete Clinic Software Medical software
 
Eklin Information Systems VIA Medical software
 
IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX Cornerstone Medical software
 
IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX VPM Data base user interface and query software
 
ImproMed Infinity Medical software
 
InformaVet ALIS-VET Medical software
 
IntraVet Medical software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Mobile Data Software VetInfo Medical software
 
Sneakers Software DVMax Practice Medical software
 
Veterinary Software Publishing Advantage software Medical software
 
Vetport Medical software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Ambu bags Resuscitation masks or accessories
 
Angiography catheters Angiography contrast medium delivery sets
 
Animal catching poles Animal catching devices
 
Animal electrocardiograph ECG units Veterinary electrocardiograph ECG
 
Animal snares Animal catching devices
 
Arterial line catheters Arterial line catheters
 
Arthroscopic surgical equipment Endoscopic instrument sets
 
Aspiration catheters Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Automated chemistry analyzers Chemistry analyzers
 
Automated microbial identification systems Microbiology analyzers
 
Avian restrainers Laboratory animal restraints or harnesses
 
Bandage scissors Bandage scissors or its supplies
 
Barcode scanners Bar code reader equipment
 
Battery-operated orthopedic drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Benchtop centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
 
Biopsy punches Surgical punches or punch holder or accessories
 
Blood collection syringes Blood collection syringes
 
Blood gas analyzers Blood gas analyzers
 
Bone chisels Surgical chisels or gouges
 
Bone clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Bone curettes Surgical curettes or loops
 
Bone cutting forceps Surgical bone cutting forceps
 
Bone fragment forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Bone holding forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Bone marrow aspirators Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Bone rasps Surgical rasps
 
Bone ronguers Surgical ronguers
 
Capture rifles Air rifles or air handguns
 
Cardiac monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Cast cutting saws Cast cutters or saws
 
Castrating knives Veterinary castration instruments
 
Cattle chutes Animal husbandry equipment
 
Chest tubes Pleural cavity drainage unit or accessories
 
Coagulation analyzers Coagulation analyzers
 
Computed tomography CT scanners Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes
 
Crown pullers Crown or bridge removers
 
Cryosurgery units Cryosurgery equipment or accessories
 
Dart guns Air rifles or air handguns
 
Dehorners Animal husbandry equipment
 
Dental amalgam carriers Amalgam carriers
 
Dental amalgam carvers Dental amalgam carvers
 
Dental burs Dental burs
 
Dental cord packers Dental cord packers
 
Dental elevators Dental elevators
 
Dental examination mirrors Dental mirrors or mirror handles
 
Dental explorers Dental probes
 
Dental files Dental files or rasps
 
Dental material pluggers Dental material pluggers or tips or accessories
 
Dental probes Dental probes
 
Dental reamers Dental reamers
 
Dental root tip picks Dental root tip picks
 
Dental spreaders Dental spreaders
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Differential cell counters Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Digital veterinary thermometers Veterinary clinical thermometers
 
Digital x ray equipment Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
Digitizers Scanners
 
Dressing forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Ear syringes Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Echocardiogram equipment Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Electric animal clippers Animal shearing or clipping equipment
 
Electronic animal scales Animal weighing scales
 
Electrosurgery units Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Endotracheal ET tubes Endotracheal tubes
 
Enema equipment Enema kits or accessories
 
Enteral feeding equipment Enteral feeding administration sets
 
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
Extraction forceps Dental forceps
 
Eye lavage kits Ophthalmic irrigation or aspiration supplies or accessories
 
Fiberoptic endoscopes Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products
 
Fluoroscopy units Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment
 
Gamma ray cameras Medical gamma cameras for general use
 
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
 
Goniometers Goniometers
 
Hand scalers Dental scalers or accessories
 
Handheld refractometers Handheld refractometers or polarimeters
 
Hematology analyzers Hematology analyzers
 
Hemoclips Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Hemocytometers Hemocytometers
 
Hemostats Floor grade forceps or hemostats
 
High-speed dental handpieces Dental hand pieces or accessories
 
Hoof knives Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters
 
Hoof picks Animal husbandry equipment
 
Hoof testers Animal husbandry equipment
 
Hoof trimmers Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters
 
Image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT equipment Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT three dimensional units
 
Insemination equipment Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Intravenous IV administration sets Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
 
Intravenous IV fluid pumps Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
 
Intravenous IV fluid warmers Intravenous or arterial infusion fluid warmers
 
Kelly forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Laboratory scales Laboratory balances
 
Laparoscopic equipment Laparoscopes or laparoscopic telescopes
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Laryngoscopes Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Laser surgery units Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Lead aprons Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Lead gloves Medical radiological shielding gloves
 
Linear accelerator equipment Mobile or transportable medical linear accelerators
 
Lip retractors Lip retractors
 
Low speed dental handpieces Dental hand pieces or accessories
 
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
 
Mayo scissors Surgical scissors
 
Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
 
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
 
Microhematocrit centrifuges Microcentrifuges
 
Microscope slides Microscope slides
 
Mobile multiparameter monitors Transport or mobile multiparameter vital sign units or accessories
 
Mosquito forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Muzzles Muzzles
 
Nail trimmers Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters
 
Needle holders Floor grade needle holders
 
Nose tongs Restraints
 
Nuclear scintigraphy equipment Medical radioisotope scanners
 
Operating microscopes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Ophthalmic surgical blades Ophthalmic surgical knives or blades or scissors or accessories
 
Ophthalmic tonometers Ophthalmic tonometers or accessories
 
Ophthalmoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
 
Optical compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Orthopedic drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Osteotomes Autopsy chisels or osteotomes
 
Otoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
 
Oxygen administration equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
 
Periodontal chisels Periodontal chisels
 
Periodontal curettes Periodontal curettes
 
Periosteal elevators Dental elevators
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Portable veterinary x ray equipment Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
Prophylaxis angles Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Protective face shields Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
 
Pulse oximeters Pulse oximeter units
 
Radiation detecting film badges Medical radiation films or badges
 
Respiration monitors Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Single dose syringes Medical syringes with needles
 
Skin staplers Staplers for skin closure
 
Specimen collection containers Specimen collectors
 
Sponge forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Staple removal forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Stationary x ray equipment Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
Steam autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Surgical bone saws Surgical bone hand saws or wire saws or saw handles
 
Surgical calipers Surgical calipers or rulers
 
Surgical gloves Surgical gloves
 
Surgical magnifiers Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Surgical masks Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
 
Surgical retractors Surgical retractors for general use
 
Surgical scalpels Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
 
Suture needles Suture needles
 
Syringe pumps Intravenous syringe infusion pumps
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Tattoo equipment Livestock identification equipment
 
Thoracic drainage catheters Pleural cavity drainage unit or accessories
 
Thyroid collars Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Tissue forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Tourniquets Tourniquets
 
Towel clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Ultrasonic aspirators Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors Veterinary blood pressure testers
 
Ultrasonic dental scalers Dental scalers or accessories
 
Ultrasonic instrument cleaners Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
 
Urinary catheters Urinary catheterization kits or accessories
 
Veterinary anesthesia machines Anesthesia sets or kits
 
Veterinary dental impression trays Dental impression trays
 
Veterinary dental mouth props Dental mouth props
 
Veterinary dental x ray equipment Dental x ray units
 
Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
 
Veterinary obstetrical forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Veterinary oral specula Veterinary speculums
 
Veterinary orthopedic splints Orthopedic splint systems
 
Veterinary patient warming systems Surgical blanket or solution warming cabinets or accessories
 
Veterinary rehabilitation treadmills Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Veterinary suction equipment Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Veterinary surgical mouth gags Surgical mouth gags or accessories
 
Veterinary ultrasound equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Veterinary vaginal specula Veterinary speculums
 
Visible light curing units Cosmetic dentistry curing lights or accessories
 
Volumetric glass pipettes Volumetric pipettes
 
X ray film processors Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies
 
X ray intensifying equipment Medical x ray intensifying screens
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Animal Anatomist
Animal Chiropractor
Animal Doctor
Animal Pathologist
Animal Physiologist
Animal Surgeon
Companion Animal Practitioner
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Emergency Veterinarian
Equine Dentist
Equine Vet (Equine Veterinarian)
Horse Doctor
Laboratory Animal Care Veterinarian
Laboratory Veterinarian
Large Animal Veterinarian
Medical Director
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Poultry Pathologist
Poultry Veterinarian
Public Health Veterinarian
Small Animal Veterinarian
Staff Veterinarian
Treatment Coordinator
Veterinarian (Vet)
Veterinarian Epidemiologist
Veterinary Anatomist
Veterinary Anesthesiologist
Veterinary Bacteriologist
Veterinary Dentist
Veterinary Epidemiologist
Veterinary Inspector
Veterinary Intern
Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostician
Veterinary Livestock Inspector
Veterinary Meat Inspector
Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM)
Veterinary Medicine Scientist
Veterinary Microbiologist
Veterinary Parasitologist
Veterinary Pathologist
Veterinary Pharmacologist
Veterinary Physiologist
Veterinary Radiologist
Veterinary Surgeon
Veterinary Surgical Specialist
Veterinary Toxicologist
Veterinary Virus Serum Inspector
Wildlife Veterinarian
Zoo Veterinarian
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Vetrinarians
 
 
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