Equine Veterinarian

Help horses stay healthy.

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Salary Range
$50,000 – $145,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Equine Veterinarians do?

An Equine Veterinarian is a horse Doctor, always prepared to help horses with medical problems both large and small. But healing horses isn’t the only thing you’re good at when you’re an Equine Veterinarian; you’re also skilled at talking to the horses’ owners.

As an Equine Veterinarian, you spend a significant amount of time in your truck, traveling to see your patients. You enjoy the driving, and you appreciate the opportunity to see the conditions your patients live in. You may notice, for example, that the horse has been turned out to pasture with no shelter from the rain. In this case, you can educate the owner about the proper way to house a horse, and help your patient feel more comfortable every day.

You also provide routine care, such as administering vaccinations, giving worming medication, and checking the horse’s weight. Because of the environment you work in, you always put your work boots in the back of your truck before you climb in and drive away (the smell from your boots might be distracting, though).

You may be called at night to provide emergency care, such as helping a horse deliver babies, stitching up wounds on an injured horse, or placing a splint on a limping horse. You may need to transport very sick horses to your animal hospital, where you can keep a close eye on them as they heal. You call the owners daily with a progress report.

Many of the horses you work with are sick and ornery, and may not appreciate the help you’re giving. So you remember to watch each horse carefully, and dive to the floor if a kick is coming. But you accept snorts from the horse as an apology for bad behavior.


Should I be an Equine Veterinarian?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Equine Vet

    How to become an Equine Veterinarian

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