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Become An Emergency Veterinarian

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Working As An Emergency Veterinarian

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What An Emergency Veterinarian does

  • Carried out diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, blood samples and ultra-sound.
  • Worked closely with area surgeons, internists and oncologists as well as referring veterinarians.
  • Received emergency and referral cases, managed hospitalized surgical and internal medicine patients, and collaborated with general practitioners and specialists.
  • Trained local first responders on the basics of pet CPR.
  • Performed emergency surgical procedures including GDV, wounds, chest tube placement, and abdominal exploratories.
  • Handled medical and surgical care for patients of Circle City Specialty and Emergency Hospital.
  • Provided cutting edge medicine as an emergency veterinarian in a specialty and referral hospital.
  • Examined, diagnosed, and treated emergency cases on an after- hours, walk-in basis.
  • Triaged, examined and treated patients at a busy small animal emergency hospital.
  • Received emergency and referral cases from over 75 local referring hospitals as well as managed a large volume of in-house patients.
  • Joined the staff of this 5-veterinarian, high-volume small animal hospital as weekend, holiday, night emergency and relief veterinarian.
  • Worked overnights as the sole veterinarian responsible for ICU patients and incoming triages; experience with Cornerstone computer program
  • Provided treatment plans and executed therapy.
  • Performed abdominal surgery and emergency soft tissue surgery routinely Triage and stabilized critical patients including cats, dogs, and exotic pets
  • Utilized digital radiography, pulse oximitry, Doppler blood pressure and in-house laboratory on routine basis.

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How To Become An Emergency Veterinarian

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics must complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Education

Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs offers a list of accredited programs for EMTs and paramedics, by state.

Programs at the EMT level include instruction in assessing patients’ conditions, dealing with trauma and cardiac emergencies, clearing obstructed airways, using field equipment, and handling emergencies. Formal courses include about 150 hours of specialized instruction, and some instruction may take place in a hospital or ambulance setting.

Programs at the Advanced EMT level typically require about 400 hours of instruction. At this level, candidates learn EMT-level skills as well as more advanced ones, such as using complex airway devices, intravenous fluids, and some medications.

Paramedics have the most advanced level of education. They must complete EMT and Advanced EMT levels of instruction, along with courses in advanced medical skills. Community colleges and technical schools may offer these programs, which require about 1,200 hours of instruction and may lead to an associate’s degree. Paramedics’ broader scope of practice may include stitching wounds or administering intravenous medications.

High school students interested in becoming EMTs or paramedics should take courses in anatomy and physiology.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifies EMTs and paramedics. All levels of NREMT certification require completing a certified education program and passing the national exam. The national exam has both written and practical parts.

All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state. In most states, an individual who has NREMT certification qualifies for licensure; in others, passing an equivalent state exam is required. Usually, an applicant must be over the age of 18. Many states require background checks and may not give a license to an applicant who has a criminal history.

Although some emergency medical services hire separate drivers, most EMTs and paramedics take a course requiring about 8 hours of instruction before they can drive an ambulance.

Important Qualities

Compassion. EMTs and paramedics must be able to provide emotional support to patients in an emergency, especially patients who are in life-threatening situations or extreme mental distress.

Interpersonal skills. EMTs and paramedics usually work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations.

Listening skills. EMTs and paramedics need to listen to patients to determine the extent of their injuries or illnesses.

Physical strength. EMTs and paramedics need to be physically fit. Their job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.

Problem-solving skills. EMTs and paramedics must evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer appropriate treatments.

Speaking skills. EMTs and paramedics need to clearly explain procedures to patients, give orders, and relay information to others.

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Emergency Veterinarian Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    67.5%
  • Male

    29.9%
  • Unknown

    2.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.2%
  • Asian

    8.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    7.2%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • French

    40.0%
  • Mandarin

    20.0%
  • Japanese

    20.0%
  • Spanish

    20.0%
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Real Emergency Veterinarian Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Emergency Veterinarian Animal Emergency Center, Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2014 $113,032
Emergency Veterinarian Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of East County La Mesa, CA Apr 26, 2014 $110,903 -
$141,290
Emergency Veterinarian Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic Annapolis, MD Jan 07, 2015 $100,000
Emergency Veterinarian Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of East County La Mesa, CA Apr 01, 2014 $95,626 -
$120,796
Emergency Veterinarian Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of East County La Mesa, CA Apr 26, 2014 $95,626 -
$120,796
Associate Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian Emergency Veterinary Clinic Pa Matthews, NC Jun 15, 2015 $95,000 -
$100,000
Emergency Veterinarian Swedesboro Animal Hospital, LLC, D/B/A St. Franci Woolwich, NJ Mar 23, 2016 $90,000 -
$125,000
Emergency Veterinarian Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of East County La Mesa, CA May 01, 2012 $85,296 -
$95,313
Emergency Veterinarian Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of East County La Mesa, CA Apr 12, 2012 $85,296 -
$95,313
Emergency Veterinarian Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists Fort Lauderdale, FL Dec 30, 2014 $85,000
Emergency Veterinarian IVG Hospitals, Inc. Woburn, MA Sep 10, 2014 $85,000
Emergency Veterinarian Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists Fort Lauderdale, FL Nov 15, 2012 $85,000
Emergency Veterinarian Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists Fort Lauderdale, FL Nov 25, 2012 $85,000
Emergency Veterinarian Emergency Animal Clinic, PLC Peoria, AZ Sep 05, 2015 $81,120
Emergency Veterinarian Emergency Animal Clinic, PLC Gilbert, AZ Sep 05, 2015 $81,120

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Top Skills for An Emergency Veterinarian

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Top Emergency Veterinarian Skills

  1. Abdominal Surgery
  2. Referral Cases
  3. Small Animal Patients
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed abdominal surgery and emergency soft tissue surgery routinely Triage and stabilized critical patients including cats, dogs, and exotic pets
  • Received emergency and referral cases from over 75 local referring hospitals as well as managed a large volume of in-house patients.
  • Provided both general practice and emergency relief services for several practices as necessary.
  • Provided medical and surgical care of incoming patients and transfers from over 50 local referring veterinary hospitals.
  • Provided cutting edge medicine as an emergency veterinarian in a specialty and referral hospital.

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