Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1131 Veterinarians
Diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. May engage in a particular function, such as research and development, consultation, administration, technical writing, sale or production of commercial products, or rendering of technical services to commercial firms or other organizations. Include veterinarians who inspect livestock.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries. Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery. Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis. Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper. Counsel clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets. Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images. Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options. Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses. Establish or conduct quarantine or testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans and that comply with applicable government regulations. Euthanize animals. Train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals. Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible. Plan or execute animal nutrition or reproduction programs. Perform administrative or business management tasks, such as scheduling appointments, accepting payments from clients, budgeting, or maintaining business records. Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board of Veterinary Medicine Examiners for application process and examination schedules. Application Fee: $250.00 Renewal Fee: $200.00 State Controlled Substance Registration Fee: $35.00 Annual Premise Renewal Payment Fee: $150.00 Inactive Status Fee: $100.00 New Premise Inspection Fee: $200.00
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $29.92   Entry $62,249.00
Mean $43.09   Mean $89,640.00
Experience $49.68 Experience $103,330.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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