Veterinary Science Books

Veterinary science, also known as veterinary medicine, is a competitive and rigorous field. But most who work in the field would probably agree that the reward is worth it. You can interact with and care for animals in ways that improve their lives and the lives of their owners. It just takes some hard to work to get properly trained in the relevant sciences, but Direct Knowledge is here to help you get through that part.

Veterinary Science Books - A veterinary ophthalmologist makes a medical procedure, examines the eyes of a dog with an injured eye and an assistant helps her to hold her head

A Long-Standing Bond

The scope and general importance of veterinary science doesn’t come as a surprise when you take a look at history. We have lived in harmony with many species of animals for thousands and thousands of years. Many of them we have come to rely on for protection, food, labor, and even friendship. For all these reasons people want animals to be as healthy as possible. We’ve even put a lot of work into writing material about how to do so, some of which you can find here.

Veterinary science is actually a branch of medicine that, instead of dealing with humans, takes care of animals. This includes diagnosing diseases and injuries, treating them, and preventing further ailments. It also faces an extra challenge that other branches of medicine don’t: it includes all species of animals, and all levels of domestication. This gives it a huge scope, so you’ll find many topics to read about in this category.

Skills and Degrees

Besides topics covering the animals themselves, there are a number of other key skills to have as a veterinary worker. Communication (probably more with owners than with patients) is key. So is business management, and even knowledge of laws and ethics that apply to the place where you work. So be sure to check out some other categories that can provide supplemental skills and knowledge in these areas.

When it comes to human vs animal medicine, there’s not a huge difference. We focus on humans more, but at a biological level, animals are just as complex. And so their treatment means you’ll need similar training and education. To work in the veterinary field, you’ll need a doctorate-level degree that usually takes about four years to complete.

In such degrees you’ll learn how to deal with patients who might be cute (or maybe not), but who certainly can’t speak to you. You’ll also gain lab research skills, clinic skills, and a lot of biology knowledge. Instead of a focus on human biology, you’ll look at the similarities that most animals share and take a look at some of the key aspects that differ between them. It’s a lot to cover, but we can help you brush up on these skills to get through your degree. In fact, you’ll need to be very comfortable with some of them, like biology and chemistry, before even starting a veterinary degree. So start reading early!

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