The Life of Large Animal Veterinarians

Are you passionate about animals and dreaming of working with them growing up? Well, you’re in for a treat because today, we will dive into the fascinating world of large animal veterinarians. These incredible heroes care for some of the biggest and most amazing animals on our planet. So, let’s start with the basics!

What is a Large Animal Veterinarian?

Large animal veterinarians are the guardians of the animal kingdom. They serve as doctors, investigators, and caretakers for farm animals and other massive creatures you would not find at your local vet! These veterinarians not only make sure that these animals are healthy and happy, but they also study them. It is so important that these veterinarians study and research these animals to paint a picture of how to keep these animals healthy and safe in their ecosystems.

Where Do They Work?

Large animal veterinarians are always on the move and have some pretty cool workplaces! They might work on farms, ranches, or even at zoos and wildlife reserves. If you’ve ever been to a farm, you might have seen a vet check-up on cows or horses. They also travel to where the animals are because they sometimes can’t come to a clinic. This gives large animal veterinarians the chance to travel the world to assist animals in need! 

What Do They Do?

Large animal vets do a lot of different things to help animals. Here are some of their essential jobs:

  1. Health Checkups: Just like when you go to the doctor for a checkup, large animals need them, too. Vets make sure they are healthy, give them vaccinations, and treat any illnesses.
  2. Surgery: If an animal gets hurt or sick, vets might need to do surgery to make it better. They are very skilled at helping animals in need.
  3. Delivering Babies: Some large animals, like cows and horses, need help giving birth to their babies. Large animal veterinarians are there to make sure the process goes smoothly.
  4. Preventing Diseases: Vets help keep animals safe from diseases by giving them vaccines and teaching their owners how to care for them.
  5. Educating Owners: Large animal veterinarians teach the people caring for these animals how to keep them healthy and happy. It’s like being a teacher for both animals and their human friends!

How to Become a Large Animal Veterinarian

If you’re interested in becoming a large animal veterinarian, here’s a little roadmap:

  1. Love Animals: The first step is deep love and respect for animals. Large animal vets are passionate about their work and truly care about the well-being of these creatures.
  2. Get a Good Education: To become a vet, you must work hard in school. Study science, especially biology and chemistry. After high school, you’ll attend college or university to take further courses in science and math before applying to veterinary school. You can also check all of the amazing pathways here at VetMed Pathways to uncover some great opportunities in the world of veterinary medicine.
  3. Gain Experience: Spend time with animals! Volunteer at a local farm, shadow a veterinarian or work at an animal shelter. This experience will help you learn about large animals and what being a vet is like.
  4. Keep Learning: Being a vet means you never stop learning. Stay up to date with the latest animal health information and new techniques. 

Fun Facts

  • Large animal vets may get to travel and see different parts of the world because they might be called to help animals in far-off places.
  • They must be strong and brave because some large animals can be strong.
  • It’s not just about cows and horses; large animal vets also help with rhinoceroses, camels, and even whales!

So there you have it! Large animal veterinarians are the unsung heroes who make sure our big and beautiful animals stay healthy and happy. If you’re passionate about animals and have a heart full of curiosity, you could be the next big animal vet making a positive impact in the world of animals!

Remember, the animal kingdom is full of surprises, and there are countless ways to make a difference. So keep learning, exploring, and following your dreams! One day, you might find yourself in the shoes of a large animal veterinarian, helping animals in need and making the world a better place for our big buddies. Check out some of the opportunities for young people like you with the VetMed Pathways!


Ready to embark on your journey to becoming a veterinarian? Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity! Join us at the FREE Pre-Vet Career Fair in Washington DC on April 13th, hosted by AAVMC and VetMedPathways. Whether you’re a student, a recent graduate, or simply passionate about animals, this event is open to all ages and promises to be an enriching experience. Register online now and take the first step towards realizing your dream career in veterinary medicine!