Veterinary surgeons look after sick and injured animals.

What does a veterinary surgeon do?

Veterinary surgeons, or vets, look after and maintain the health of animals. You will prescribe medication for animals, treat wounds and illnesses and conduct operations. 

What do I need to do to become a veterinary surgeon?

To become a vet, you will need a degree that is approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Maths
  • Physics

Essential qualifications

  • RCVS approved degree

Desirable qualifications

  • A level biology
  • A level chemistry

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You may be working in a general practice looking primarily after peoples’ pets, or you could be looking after livestock or zoo animals. You may be working for yourself in a single practice or you could be working with a small team of vets at a larger practice or animal hospital. 

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