An equine veterinarian is a veterinarian that specializes in the treatment of horses. Some of the services that equine veterinarians provide are examinations, vaccinations, medical care for sick horses and dental care.
Equine vets also run test for diseases such as EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia), West Nile, and Encephalitis. They are also used for dental checkups such as floating teeth. Equine veterinarians must be familiar with the anatomy of a horse and the way a horse’s body functions.
Equine veterinarians require a lot of college education and training. A bachelors Degree in veterinary medicine is required. Veterinarians must graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree from a 6-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. They must also obtain a license to practice. Additional years of residency for any specialty may be required.
The expected salary for an equine vet is $50,000 for a new graduate. The ratio varies greatly because of the many different fields the profession covers. An experienced vet may earn up to $90,000 a year. Most veterinarians are not paid by the hour they are paid by the visit, or case.
The job availability of an equine veterinarian depends mainly on the state and area which you live in. While horses may be popular in one area, in other areas they may not be. For example, a good place to go for veterinary practice would be Kentucky. In order to work for a equine veterinary profession, you must work in a horse populated area.