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Your guide to become a Veterinarian in Malaysia

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Average Salary

MYR 3,500 - 4,000

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Who is a Veterinarian?

A veterinarian is a licensed doctor who specialises in animals – pets, farm and zoo animals, ranging from tiniest baby chick to carnivorous beasts (although that would be much rarer!).

A veterinarian is a licensed doctor who specialises in animals – pets, farm and zoo animals, ranging from tiniest baby chick to carnivorous beasts (although that would be much rarer!).  Most veterinarians diagnose animal health problems, vaccinate against diseases, medicate animals suffering from infections or illnesses, treat and dress wounds, set fractures, perform surgery, and advise owners about animal feeding, behaviour, and breeding. The local demand for veterinarians is expect...

A veterinarian is a licensed doctor who specialises in animals – pets, farm and zoo animals, ranging from tiniest baby chick to carnivorous beasts (although that would be much rarer!).  Most veterinarians diagnose animal health problems, vaccinate against diseases, medicate animals suffering from infections or illnesses, treat and dress wounds, set fractures, perform surgery, and advise owners about animal feeding, behaviour, and breeding. 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 & cons of being a Veterinarian:

Pros

High potential earnings

Opportunities in a variety of sectors (private practice,federal governement,corporate sales etc.)

Cons

Job may require long and irregular work hours

Exposure to injuries and wounds (bites & scratches)

What are all the responsibilities of a Veterinarian ?

Handling different types of animals depending on where you work

Communicating with the owner or caretaker of the animal

Carrying out tests on the animal

Giving advice to the caretakers of the animal

Immunising animal against different types of diseases

Euthanising animals if needed

Performing surgeries on animals

Providing adequate paperwork for animals being taken to foreign countries

What skills do you need to become a Veterinarian?

Desire to take care of animals

Being able to be flexible in your working hours

Ability to communicate and convey the animal’s diagnosis with the clients in a detailed, yet compassionate manner.

Able to treat all living things equally, and push fears and emotions aside for the good of a patient

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

Once you have received your qualifications, you would start off as an assistant to a more experienced veterinarian. Once you have started, opportunities will arise for you to specialise many areas, ranging from specific organs or systems with cardiology and neurology, to specific animals such as feline, bovine, and even specific ecosystems like zoological medicine. You could also go deeper into research in university:

What qualification do you need to be a Veterinarian?

To become a veterinarian one must earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college of veterinary medicine. 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?

The work hours are irregular, working at odd hours would sometimes be required.

Who are all the top recruiters for Veterinarian in Malaysia?

Starting up your own vet clinic is a possibility. Though when you first start, you may want to join an already existing veterinarian. Some other facilities that would need vets would be zoos, animal shelters and other such places. SPCA, though it is a charity and may not pay you as well as others might.

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