Here at our Raleigh NC veterinarian hospital, we come across some interesting questions about being a veterinarian. Today we want to share some of those questions with you along with their answers.
Raleigh NC Veterinarian Hospital Answers Your Vet Questions
Q: Are veterinarians needed?
A: Yes! According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) 2016 survey, 68 percent of U.S. households own. This number includes approximately 90 million dogs and 94 million cats. This is the highest level of pet ownership in the U.S. that has ever been reported so it’s fair to say that veterinarians are needed more than ever! The demand for vets is only expected to increase, too, according to the U.S. Department of labor who expect a 19% increase in demand for veterinarians from 2016 to 2026.
Q: Can veterinarians treat humans?
A: No! Veterinarians are not medically trained or licensed to work on human patients.
Another question that comes up pretty frequently in relation to this topic is whether a veterinarian can assist a human in the event of an emergency, for example, if a veterinarian comes across an accident on the highway. Of course, as a human being, a veterinarian would act as a good samaritan and render aid but, things can get a little complicated. As veterinarian and attorney Charlotte Lacroix explains, “there is a gray zone between rendering first aid and treating”. This gray zone can mean losing a veterinary license and facing legal consequences.
Q: Can veterinarians treat their own pets?
A: While human doctors are governed by AMA rules which state that it’s inadvisable for doctors to treat themselves or their family members, there is no similar rule for veterinarians and their pets. This means that the decision as to whether or not a veterinarian treats their own pet is entirely up to the veterinarian in question. Some vets choose to treat their own pets because it gives them more control over the situation or because they are the best in their field. Other vets feel that they are too close to a situation to provide care for their pets and so they turn to other veterinarians for help.
Q: Why do veterinarians wear scrubs?
A: Scrubs are important in a veterinary surgical suite to create a more sanitary environment. They also allow for less restrictive movement and protect clothing from any bodily fluids or messes that can happen. This is the same reason why many vet clinics prefer all staff to wear scrubs!
Q: How long do I have to go to school to be a veterinarian?
A: A veterinary degree requires four years in a vet school program after completing a four year college degree. After obtaining a veterinary degree, you can then pursue a specialty program if you are interested in doing so. There are 22 AVMA-recognized veterinary specialties:
Q: Do veterinarians have to study?
A: Yes! There are 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) which makes getting into a veterinary program very competitive. You can improve your chances of becoming a veterinarian by maintaining good grades throughout your undergraduate program, getting clinical experience before you apply to a vet program, taking the GRE, having positive letters of recommendation, and taking part in co-curricular activities that demonstrate your leadership ability and communication skills.
Q: What should veterinarians major in?
A: When it comes to your undergraduate path of study focus on biological studies and physical sciences.
Q: Why are veterinarians so expensive?
A: When you consider the training that your veterinarian undergoes and the care that your vet provides, veterinarian fees really aren’t as expensive as you might think. Just look at how much human doctors cost! And don’t forget, your vet has to take care of a number of major expenses in order to provide you and your pet with the best care possible. Just some of the expenses that your veterinarian must cover each month in order to provide your pets with quality care include:
- The rent and maintenance of the clinic itself
- Wages of staff members
- Outsourced services and staff like ultrasound technicians
- High drug prices
- High cost equipment
- Veterinary supplies
On top of the financial cost of running a veterinary facility, being a vet takes an incredible emotional toll. So, the next time that you think that your vet is expensive, consider everything that goes into being a veterinarian.
Q: How do veterinarians deal with euthanasia?
A: Dealing with euthanasia is part of the job for veterinarians, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Every time your vet has to put one of their patients to sleep it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. Many veterinarians cope with this by reminding themselves that euthanasia is the last act of compassion for a lifelong companion who has spent their whole life bringing joy to their human family.
Do You Have Questions You’d Like to Ask a Local Raleigh Veterinarian?
If you have questions that you’d like to ask a Raleigh veterinarian give our Raleigh NC veterinarian hospital a call today at (919)870-7000! We have three amazing veterinarians who are always happy to answer your questions and provide your furry family members with the utmost care.