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Your guide to become a Veterinarian in Malaysia

Average Salary

RM 3,500 - 4,000

Job Demand

Who is a Veterinarian?

A Veterinarian is a licensed doctor who specialises in animals – pets, farm animals and zoo animals. The tasks of a Veterinarian is a long list ranging from diagnosing health problems of animal to advising owners about their furry companions

The local demand for Veterinarians is expected to increase as more people take their pets to private practices for care. Veterinarians also fill roles related to animal safety, disease control and public health. Most Veterinary graduates are attracted to small-animal care hence there will be fewer opportunities in that area. With that said, job opportunities are expected to be aplenty in large animal practice, public health and food safety, and government since only a few Veterinar...

The local demand for Veterinarians is expected to increase as more people take their pets to private practices for care. Veterinarians also fill roles related to animal safety, disease control and public health. Most Veterinary graduates are attracted to small-animal care hence there will be fewer opportunities in that area. With that said, job opportunities are expected to be aplenty in large animal practice, public health and food safety, and government since only a few Veterinarians compete to work in these fields.

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The pros and cons of being a Veterinarian:

Pros

High potential earnings especially if you open up a personal clinic

Opportunities in a variety of sectors such as private practice and corporate sales

Cons

Job may require long and irregular work hours

Exposure to injuries and wounds from bites and scratches of animals

What are all the responsibilities of a Veterinarian ?

Handle different types of animals depending on where you work

Communicate and advise the owner or caretaker of the animal

Perform surgeries on animals

Giving advice to the caretakers of the animal

Immunise animals against different types of diseases

What skills do you need to become a Veterinarian?

Love for animals

Do you hate seeing animals in pain and get absolutely livid when you see or hear stories about animal abuse? Do you want to cuddle and pet almost every single cute animal that you come across of? Then this is the right job for you! Your love towards the animals will help them as you diagnose and treat their illness.

Flexible in your working hours

Emergencies happen at unpredictable times. It won’t be surprising that your phone is ringing in the middle of the night with a patient crying for your help because something is wrong with their furry companions. In these cases, usually you will be rushing to the location to treat the animals even if you are still in your pajamas.

Communicate with clients, especially when the clients are emotional

It is hard to break the bad news of their beloved pet to the clients. However, it is something that needs to be done regardless of the consequences. You should be conveying the message in the best way you can to minimise the hurt and heartbreak of the clients.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Veterinarian?

What are the requirements to be a Veterinarian?

You will need to possess at least a degree in Animal Science, Marine Biology or degrees of similar field in order to be a Veterinarian. You can further your studies if you wish to be a specialist in a particular field. Admission to Veterinary school is competitive. The number of accredited Veterinary universities has remained the same in Malaysia, but the number of applicants has risen significantly.

What are the working hours of a Veterinarian?

Veterinarians work longer than the typical 9 to 5 office hours. Most of them work at least 50 hours a week, may work nights, shifts or weekends depending on the opening hours of the animal clinic.

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