Also known as veterinarian medicine, pet medicine is the branch of the medical science studied by those who pursue a degree in animal health. In order to practice pet medicine as a profession, every animal doctor needs a degree and a diploma. There are some vets that specialize in more advanced fields like surgery for instance. Besides the additional degrees they get for specialties, all pet medicine practitioners have the knowledge to repair broken bones, diagnose and treat disease, vaccinate, treat infections and perform routine care.
It is experience then that teaches most vets the real face of pet medicine. Just like with the treatment of human patients, vets will encounter animals with regular problems as well as health issues out of the ordinary. Doctors working at animal shelters and at rescue centers often see the most serious of cases. There is no room for uniformity or routine with such professions. An evaluation of the health condition is also required for every pet that a shelter takes in. And pet medicine specialists make treatments possible.
Even the ‘nursing’ stuff working at shelters and rescue centers have to be trained in pet medicine even if at lower expert levels. Rescue officers have to be able to perform the first aid procedure on injured, dehydrated or traumatized animals before transporting them to the clinic. In the most severe cases, the treatment of the animals begins right away, on the location where it is found. Sometimes, this first medical intervention saves their lives.
Pet medicine applications are also found in research where lab tests are necessary for the creation of pet medication, vaccines and other products designed for pet care. Food producers also need pet medicine experts to help them create food blends. There are plenty of ramifications in veterinarian medicine for all the domains related to animal welfare. In fact, this field of activity extends beyond the vet clinic level.
Animal and pet rescue series on Discovery Channel and Animal Planet will convince you of how important and necessary RSPCA is as an institution. Pet medicine also has a major function in the temperament and behavior evaluation of rescued pets before they can be given for adoption. Traumatized animals require special care from specialists and in the majority of cases professional help teaches them how to regain trust in humans and make good family pets.