- A veterinary surgeon or veterinarian, often shortened to vet, is a physician for animals and a practitioner of veterinary medicine.
- Approximately 80 percent of admitted students in veterinary schools are female.
- The word veterinarian comes from the Latin veterinae meaning "working animals".
- "Veterinarian" was first used in print by Thomas Browne in 1646.
- Unlike physicians of whom an academic internship is generally required veterinarians can enter practice after graduation and licensure.
- Veterinarians were in the fore-front in the effort to suppress malaria and yellow fever in the United States.
- There are approximately 73 million owned dogs in the U.S.
- In the United States and Canada, Small Animal Veterinarians predominantly provide medical care for small companion animals, such as cats, dogs, hamsters, birds and rabbits.
- 61 percent of all agents causing disease in humans are zoonotic.
- Small Animal Veterinarians may perform surgery, such as spaying, neutering and, in some cases, dental surgery.
- 61-68 percent of veterinarians will suffer an animal-related injury resulting in hospitalization or significant loss of work during their career.
- Veterinary technicians are, essentially, veterinary nurses, and are graduates of two or four year college-level programs and are legally qualified to assist veterinarians in many medical procedures.
Starting salary for an associate veterinarian in the United States is US $ 70,000. Starting salary for a Veterinary Specialist is US$ 150,000.
What is a depressant?
A depressant is a drug that reduces the activity of various body functions. Some depressants such as anesthetics, sedatives, antiepileptics, narcotics analgesics, and some muscle relaxants, slow nervous and muscular activity by acting on the central nervous system. Tranquilizers are depressants that affect only part of the nervous system. They induce relaxation without causing total depression.