A veterinarian is a professional that practices veterinary medicine. They are trained and skilled in the diagnosis, and the treatment of diseases and disorders, injuries that might occur in animals. There are subspecialties in veterinary medicine, and this would determine the type of interventions a vet doctor can carry out. As opposed to physicians of human medicine, vet doctors must rely primarily on the clinical signs presented by animals. This is because animals do not have the ability to talk. There are cases where the owner of animals is able to give the medical history of the animal. In such a case, the veterinarian can combine such information, with the signs observed in the animal to form a diagnosis and subsequent treatment. They also carry out some diagnostic tests, if there is a need for it. Examples of such tests include CT scan, MRI, blood tests, and urinalysis. Veterinarians also give prophylactic treatment to an animal, to protect them from diseases. Examples of this include vaccination against diseases that are common in animals. It is the job of a veterinarian to use the knowledge and skill they’ve acquired in school ‘‘for the benefit of the society, through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge’’. This is the oath taken by every vet doctor.
A veterinarian is responsible for the health of animals. This includes diagnosing and treating the diseases, disorders presented by animals. In addition, to this, they also give prophylactic treatment, to prevent the development of diseases. Below are some of the functions of a veterinarian: • Diagnosis of disease: This is one of the roles of a veterinarian. Since animals don’t have the ability to talk, vet doctors have to rely on the signs given off by them, and in some cases, on the medical history that is provided by the animal owner. There are cases where the vet doctor would have to run some diagnostic test, such as CT scan, blood tests and so on. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the better the outcome of the treatment.
Veterinarians give prophylactic treatment such as vaccination against diseases. Examples of diseases that animals are vaccinated against include rabies, toxoplasmosis and so on. • Treatment: It’s also the job of a vet doctor to give medications to animals body organs. The vet would have to get a diagnosis before treatment is commenced. • Manage injuries and wounds: It is the job of vet doctor to take care of animals that have sustained injuries. They dress and treat the wounds to prevent them from getting infected, and also hastening the recovery of the animals
These are the type of veterinarians that carries out the inspection and testing of animals and their products. They conduct various tests and surveys to improve the health of animals. In addition, they endeavor to enforce the rules and regulations of the government concerning the health of animals.
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