Jobs Now: Becoming a vet takes lots of schooling, love of animals
prison. Moving to tonight’s Jobs Now…and caring for animals. A veterinarian can seem like a fun job, you get to see animals all day. But there’s a lot of schooling and hardships they have to deal with in the profession. Here’s 27 First News Anchor Dave Sess. Animals need medical attention too. Dr. Doug Wiley has been a vet for 34- years…and he’s learned a few things along the way. 32:27 :14 I THINK IT’S A MISCONCEPTION THAT THEY DON’T TALK TO YOU. MAY SOUND WEIRD BUT THEY DO. MOST ANIMALS WILL TELL YOU WHAT’S WRONG. YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO UNDERSTAND THEM. YOU WATCH A HORSE THAT’S LIMPING, IT’S TELLING YOU WHICH LEG HURTS. Dr. Wiley is primarily a large animal vet….horses, cows, pigs, and llamas. There are also doctors who specialize in small animals…like dogs and cats. Animals can be even feistier than people. 30:10 :12 SOME OF MY PATIENTS THERE GOAL IS TO KILL ME. I DEAL WITH NASTY HORSES, NICE HORSES. BUT THE PEOPLE ARE WHAT KEEPS ME INTERESTED EVERY DAY. It takes a lot of studying before you can just work with animals. An undergrad degree…heavy on chemistry, biochem, all the sciences. Then there’s 4 years of veterinary medicine…so it’s roughly 8-years of college. The education background is similar to human medicine. 30:47 :06 I WORK ON THE ANIMALS BUT THE PEOPLE HAVE TO CALL, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, I INTERACT WITH PEOPLE. Vets can be on call. Plus, even use x-rays, ultrasound, and blood testing. There’s one big difference diagnosing issues on a 4-legged animal versus a 2- legged person. 33:05 :06 YOU POKE EM UNTIL THEY BITE YOU AND THEN YOU POKE EM AGAIN BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE IT’S REAL. For more information on becoming a vet — go to wkbn dot com and find the link to the Ohio Means Jobs website. Dave Sess…WKBN 27 First News.