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Veterinary: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

Veterinary: Veterinarians are doctors focusing on health issues of animals. Attending to pets in the home and animals on farms and elsewhere, their expertise is in identifying and dealing with health problems in the animals around us.

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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.


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Veterinarian Technician

Veterinarian Technicians perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Veterinarian Technicians need to train others in tasks and process. They also need to read and understand what has been read.