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Salary/Compensation

A Veterinarian’s entry level salary ranges from P15,000 - P20,000 per month and may even go up to P25,000 per month for those highly trained. Those who have small private clinics charge a consultation fee which ranges from P100 - P250. In the US, the median monthly pay is around US $4,000.

Basic Educational Requirement

Prospective Veterinarians must be a graduate of Veterinary Medicine from a 4-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. Practice of profession requires passing the board exams for veterinarians and obtaining a license from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Pre-veterinary courses emphasize the sciences. Veterinary colleges typically require classes in organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, general biology, animal biology, animal nutrition, genetics, vertebrate embryology, cellular biology, microbiology, zoology and systemic physiology. Most veterinary medical colleges also require core courses, including some in English or Literature, and Social Sciences and the Humanities. Increasingly, courses in practice management and career development are becoming a standard part of the curriculum, to provide a foundation of general business knowledge for new graduates.

Cost of Education *

A Veterinary Medicine course would cost about P25,000 to 35,000 per semester in private universities and approximately P5,000 to P10,000 in public institutions.

Employment Opportunities

Locally, the demand for veterinarians in our farms and poultries, food, drugs and disease research companies is quite sufficient for our veterinary graduates. However, if our veterinarians will opt to go abroad because of the growing demand and high pay, we might experience a shortage in the supply of these workers. 
A veterinarian can be employed in the following industries: Agriculture, Hunting and Forestry, Fishing, Education, and, Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Some Veterinarians are employed into farms; in drugs and disease research; as government meat and poultry inspectors, animal welfare and safety workers, epidemiologist, and research assistants to gain experience. But most of the experienced veterinarians set up their own practice.

Nature of Work

A Veterinarian plays a major role in the healthcare of pets; livestock; and zoo, sporting and laboratory animals. Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research, broadening the scope of the fundamental theoretical knowledge and applied research, developing new ways to use knowledge.

Tasks

  • Diagnoses animal health problems;
  • Vaccinates against diseases, such as distemper and rabies;
  • Medicates animals suffering from infections or illnesses;
  • Treats and dresses wounds, set fractures, perform surgery; and
  • Advises owners about animal feeding, behavior and breeding.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent communication and business skills; and
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make decisions.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Must have manual dexterity;
  • Should have an affinity for animals and ability to get along with their owners; and
  • Highly professional in manner and in dealing with others.

* Based on 2011 rates.