What are the different types of veterinarians?

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"Most vets practice either small/companion animal (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) or large animal. Large animal can be separated further into livestock, like cattle and pigs - food animals, and equine. Some vets mix horses in as "companion" animals and have a small/large mixed practice.

There are also exotic animal vets, who work with zoo animals, and wild life vets, who deal more with rehabilitating injured or abandoned wildlife native to the area in which they practice. Almost any type of animal will have vets that focus exclusively on that animal - avian vets or swine vets, for example.

Beyond that, almost any species-specific practice can be subdivided further. You have horse vets that will focus mainly on preventative care (come out and give your horse his annual vaccines, float his teeth, etc.); then there are orthopedic vets, which deal almost exclusively with lameness. Equine dentists, acupuncturists, reproductive vets, the list goes on and on.

Basically, once you're in vet school, you can pick an animal and then pick a specific area of care for that animal. No matter what you decide you love in the end, there's a niche for you in the veterinary community."

[Information taken from http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080211213910AAAUoaz]

Julia Elliott

December 11, 2009