Veterinarians serve the needs of animals, people, and the environment.
Veterinarians usually treat companion and food animals in hospitals and clinics.
Those in large animal practice also work out of well-equipped trucks or cars, and may drive considerable distances to farms and ranches. They may work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
Doctors of Veterinary Medicine are medical professionals whose primary responsibility is protecting the health and welfare of animals and people.
Veterinarians diagnose and control animal diseases, treat sick and injured animals, prevent the transmission of animal diseases ("zoonoses") to people, and advise owners on proper care of pets and livestock. They ensure a safe food supply by maintaining the health of food animals. Veterinarians are also involved in wildlife preservation and conservation and public health of the human population.
Today more than 2,500 veterinarians are professionally active in Illinois. They provide a wide variety of services in private clinical practice, teaching, research, government service, public health, military service, private industry, and other areas.
Veterinarians are members of an important health profession. Veterinary doctors use their scientific knowledge and skills to benefit society, through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.