A Lifelong Passion for Animal Health: A Guide to Pursuing a Career in Veterinary Medicine


A veterinarian is a medical professional who specialises in providing healthcare services to animals. Veterinarians are trained to diagnose, treat, prevent illnesses and injuries in various animal species including domestic pets, livestock, wildlife as well as zoo animals. They play an important role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of animals which can have a significant impact on human health and the environment.

Moreover, Veterinarians work in a variety of settings including private practices, animal hospitals, research institutions and government agencies. They may also specialise in certain areas such as surgery, dentistry, oncology, dermatology or cardiology among others. In addition to providing medical care, veterinarians may also provide preventive care services such as vaccinations, nutrition counselling as well as wellness check-ups to help animals maintain optimal health. 


For Bachelor’s

  • Aspirants need to pass 10+2 with at least 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology from any recognised board. 
  • Moreover, students need to pass a national level entrance exam like NEET, CET or any other to get admission in an MBBS course. 

For Masters

  • Seekers can pursue a PG program after completing their MBBS.
  • Scholars can opt for MD (Doctor of Medicine) courses. 
  • One can also choose the DNB (Diplomate National Board) program after MBBS and for that national level entrance exam NBE is conducted.

Job Roles

The field of healthcare aims to provide in-depth knowledge and enhance the skills of the students. To do such a task, the field of medicine presents innumerable job profiles. Below are mentioned some job profiles:

  • Research Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Pharmacologist
  • Food Animal Veterinarians
  • Food Safety & Inspection Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dermatologist
  • Equine Veterinarian
  • Companion Animal Veterinarian

Employment Sector

  • Shelter Houses
  • Slaughter Houses
  • Hospitals
  • Private Clinics
  • Laboratories
  • Animal Nutritional Centre
  • Food Supplement Industries
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Farms and Ranches
  • Private Clinics

Top Recruiters

There are many recruiters from leading companies who enlist potential medical students. Following are some Recruiters from where students can find an employment opportunity in India: 

  • ARK Veterinary Clinic
  • Pets Care Centre
  • The Salvation Army Catherine Booth Hospital
  • Dog & Cat Clinic
  • Veterinary Hospital
  • Sant Dnyaneshwar Medical Education Research Centre 
  • Apollo Hospitals


The salary range may vary from company to company, but the salary of a veterinary doctor/Veterinarian is very impressive in India.


Level of Salary

Salary Package per Month

Starting Salary

Approx ₹2,00,000

Mid Level Salary

Approx ₹5,10,000 

Senior Level Salary

Approx ₹9,50,000


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical Thinking


The career scope of a veterinarian is broad and varied as they can work in a variety of settings and specialise in various areas of veterinary medicine. Veterinarians can work in private practices, animal hospitals, research institutions, government agencies as well as non-profit organisations. Furthermore, they can also specialise in areas such as surgery, dentistry, oncology, dermatology, cardiology or emergency and critical care among others.

With the growing demand for veterinary services the job outlook for veterinarians is positive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of veterinarians will grow by 16% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average of all occupations.


  • Helping others
  • Diverse work opportunities
  • Job security
  • Salary
  • Continual learning


  • High-pressure job
  • Long and challenging education
  • Long working hours
  • High levels of responsibility