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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

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Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science

Vets work to protect the health and welfare of animals, this includes pet, farm animals and when called for, wildlife. This means that vets will work to treat sick and injured animals, medicating those with infections or disease, vaccinating them against major diseases, and performing surgery.  Vets will also take on broader issues such as controlling animal disease and advising owners on proper care of animals.

This is a job for animal lovers, but it comes with a catch. You will be dealing with animals in distress and pain, so the work is not for everyone. Opportunities to gain work experience are helpful to those with ambitions to work in veterinary, so they can get an opportunity to discover if the work environment suits them.

In veterinary practice, some may treat a broad range of animals, but many will specialise in specific areas, the two most common specialisations are treating small animals and the care of farm animals.
Vets are important to farm life, helping keep animals fit and healthy, to halt the spread of disease and advising farmers on best practices. It will involve more travel than working with small animals, as, unlike cats and dog, farm animals can’t travel to your practice. But this can suit personalities who enjoy being out and about.

Beyond practice, there are opportunities for vets in many areas, including working in teaching, research and public health. Vets who work for the government serve the public by preventing animal disease and promoting food safety. They may act as livestock inspectors, checking animals for transmissible diseases or carry out inspections in slaughterhouses.

Veterinary college/school faculty members conduct research, teach, and develop continuing education programs to help practicing veterinarians acquire new knowledge and skills. Many veterinarians work in the sector of food hygiene, where they protect the health of the consumer by watching over the safety of food products of animal origin, such as milk, meat, eggs and honey. 

Once qualified, employment prospects for vets are very good. As with all animal-related work, it is crucial that you don't suffer from animal allergies. Working hours are unpredictable and varied and you will probably be required to work or be on call at weekends and evenings.