Veterinarians mainly take care of the animals’ health. Aside from taking their pay home, there are several perks of being in their position.
Veterinarian Salary and Benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary of veterinarians in 2013 was around $96,140. Their average wage is reported to be around $46.22. The bureau also showed that the top 10% earned around $149,530 per year or more, while the bottom 10% took home $53,270 or lower.
VetHow reported the starting salary for veterinarians to be $65,000, with the median salary being $91,000. Veterinarians who are more experienced and practice with specialization may earn as much as $200,000 or more per year. Those who are employed in the private sector earned more than those who work in schools or government agencies.
Aside from the financial compensation, veterinarians also receive excellent dental, medical, and vision coverage. They are entitled to two to four weeks of paid vacation, as well as a paid sick leave. They also get continuing education pay.
Veterinarian Other Job Perks
According to VetHow, recent statistics show that there is a higher demand for veterinarians. This is likely due to employment growth, increasing number of veterinarians retiring, and limited new graduates. There are only about 2,500 new graduates from the 28 accredited veterinarian programs in the US. This is one of the reasons why supply cannot meet the demand for this profession. The BLS also projected a 12% increase in the job growth for veterinarians from 2012 to 2022, as fast as the average growth for all occupations.
Veterinarians also enjoy lots of opportunities to travel for seminars, research, networking, and similar activities. This is in addition to the idea of working with animals every day.
Veterinarians have the freedom to choose between public and private employment. Private practice allows vets to set their own business hours, fix service costs, maintain a client list, and hire as many or as few people as they need. On the other hand, vets who work in the public sector look after the public health and safety of animals and people. Their work may also involve training and treating dogs working for the military. They may be required to study animal-to-human diseases. Public veterinarians also enjoy job variety, since they may work with livestock, travel to ranches, train animals, or conduct research and tests in laboratories.
Veterinarians enjoy the satisfaction and fulfillment brought about by the knowledge that they are able to care for and treat animals. They might develop wellness programs to improve and maintain the health of animals, educate pet owners on how to care for their pets, and treat sick, homeless or injured pets.
Another perk for veterinarians is that they can choose from a wide range of specialties. They can work as a pet veterinarian, who specializes in treating dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and birds. They can also choose to specialize in food animals, such as horses, pigs, cattle, or sheep. Some veterinarians work as educators, instructors, animal-disease inspectors, or researchers. Others may work in a specific veterinary practice, such as disease prevention, surgery, or general veterinary medicine.