Top 8 Characteristics of a Successful Veterinarian

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The veterinary profession is one of the most (if not the one most) interesting, calling and diverse occupations in which one can pursue a career. It’s difficult, it’s challenging, and it’s filled with both happy and sad moments, stressful situations, mistakes, failures and pleasant success.

It’s true that the veterinary profession isn’t for everyone as it requires harsh training and education to reach the point where you start working on your own and when the real problems begin, with you being the only one to solve them.

There are thousands of successful veterinarians that managed to climb to the top of the ladder only with hard work and commitment, and a lot of knowledge of course.
Let’s number the characteristics that successful veterinarians possess and see if you have them.

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  1. Detailed knowledge – Let’s face it, if you are not up for continuous education inside or outside official institutions then you shouldn’t pursue a veterinary The educational material is vast and even the most experienced vets revise it from time to time.
  2. Skills for making quick decisions – Most emergency cases can be resolved only by making quick decisions and having the nerve to implement them. This is closely related to possessing great leadership skills.
  3. Work vs. private life – Great veterinarians and veterinary technicians take enough time to focus on things outside the clinic. Spending time with family and friends in a stress-free environment will keep you fresh, calm and ready for the everyday stressful working demands.
  4. Healthy living – Sports, recreation and balanced diet keep your body healthy and mind clear. The veterinary profession is physically and psychologically demanding so healthy living is the key to increase your stamina and focus.
  5. Passionate and compassionate – Successful veterinarians enjoy great passion both for the job and their patients, which helps them provide the best veterinary care. They are also compassionate not only to the animals but to the owners as well. They use the time during veterinary visits to soothe and calm them while searching for a solution for the problems of the patient.
  6. Perfect Manual dexterity – From lifting and restraining large animals to tricky and fine surgical maneuvers, the arms and hands of a vet professional are the second most needed weapon (after the brain) in everyday work.
  7. Communication skills – A great vet possesses great communication skills which he/she uses to effectively talk with the pet owners in order to draw important information and clearly explain diagnostic findings and treatment plans.
  8. Business skills – Being a great entrepreneur with sharp business skills is another important characteristic that successful veterinarians have in common. Being good at managing finances, following market trends and adapting your work accordingly will make your veterinary clinic stand-out and increase revenues fast.

These 8 characteristics make a good veterinarian an outstanding one.
What else you think a veterinarian has to possess so that he/she can become one of the most successful professionals in the field?