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Transcript of Veternarian
By: Dillon Stauffer
How to become a Veterinarian
The average veterinarian completes 4 1/2 years of undergraduate education to become a veterinarian
Classes that are Required
Classes such as biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, math, animal science
Once they graduate from a U.S. veterinary school, they receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD) degree. Also, some people may continue their education in the form of an internship after the graduate, so later on in life they can own their own feild or area to practice their type of surgery. What I mean by owning your own practice is the peole who do own a practice work by themselves without anyone else and preform specific types of surgeries.
How to be able to Preform Surgeries
In order to practice veterinary medicine on animal patients, they must be licensed in each state in which they practice.
How to Obtain a State License
State license requires a veterinarian to pass a national examination that tests their veterinary knowledge. Also some states may also require a veterinarian to pass a state-specific examination. This exam must e passed every couple of years to maintain the license
Common Types of Veterinarians
Small Animal Veterinarian
Small animal vets mainly deal with the care and treatment of household pets, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. So if your new born puppies need pet vaccinations or you cat or dog needs neutering, this type of veterinary surgeon is trained to perform pet vaccinations, surgery, and general health checks for a range of small animals.
Large Animal Vet
A large animal veterinary surgeon is primarily concerned with the health and productivity of a group of large animals rather than an individual animal. You are most likely to find this type of vet working as part of a farm team and the vet will be responsible for treating disease and balancing nutrition.
Orthopedic surgeons deal with the concept of surgery on animals ranging from various sizes. When these surgeons are called to preform they usually focus on surgeries that involve bones, bones joints and muscles.
Common Veterinary Instruments
A scalpel is a small and extremely sharp bladed instrument used for surgery, anatomical dissection, and various arts and crafts
Forceps are a hand held, hinged instrument used for grasping and holding objects. Forceps are used when fingers are too large to grasp small objects or when many objects need to be held at one time while the hands are used to perform a task.
A retractor is a surgical instrument by which a surgeon can either actively separate the edges of a surgical incision or wound, or can hold back underlying organs and tissues, so that body parts under the incision may be accessed.
A rongeur is a strongly constructed instrument with a sharp-edged, scoop-shaped tip, used for gouging out bone. A rongeur can be used to open a window in bone, often in the skull. It is used in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery to expose areas for operation.
A needle holder, also called needle driver, is a surgical instrument, similar to a hemostat, used by doctors and surgeons to hold a suturing needle for closing wounds during suturing and surgical procedures.
Common Technology used by
Ultrasonic devices are used to detect objects inside of an animals body and measure distances. Ultrasonic imaging (sonography) is used in both veterinary medicine and human medicine.
Electrocardiograph machines provide a printed readout of the heart's function.
Traditionally this is in the form of a transthoracic (across the thorax or chest) interpretation of the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time
The laser cauterizes as it cuts, it reduces bleeding and infection, and its ability to slice easily and gently through tissue reduces trauma that leads to post-operative pain.
Anesthesia machines have made surgery safer than ever. They provide a visual measurement of oxygen flow to and from the patient, as well as a tightly controlled anesthetic concentration.
Why I chose this Topic
The reason I chose the topic of a veterinarian for my project is i've always admired veterrinarians. The reason I say this is my dad is a veternarian and he always comes home with a story to tell after work. The stories always are about an animal that came in and he had to operate on it for hours. To me by him telling me this it shows that a veternarian has to be determined to do something because they may have to focus on one things for hours. Another reason I admire veterinarians is because they are very skilled at what they do. What I mean by this is sme veterinarians go to school and train for 7 years just to be the type of veterinarian that they want to be. Also veterinariaans must take losts of tests to get into verterinary school and to be able to practice in their feild of choice. So for these reasons I believe that veterinarians are skilled at what they do.
1.) How many hours do you work during a normal day?
- On an average work day I work between 9-11 hours a day.
2.) What is the most common suregery that veternarians preform?
- The most common procedure is probably a spay.
3.) What is the normal work day for you?
- A normal work day for me is I go into the office and to an average of 2 - 3 surgeries a day, and when I don't do surgeries I study to learn more about animals.
4.) How many total years of school and studying did it take to become a veternarian?
- There are different amounts of school and studying that people can do in order to become a certain kind of veternarian, but I studied for almost six years to become a veternarian.
5.) How many people do you work with?
- I usually work alone, but that's because I own my own practice. Then if you have an intership or don't own a practice you usually work ith a group ranging from 6-12.