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Veterinary: Career and Education Opportunities in Missouri

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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Missouri has a population of 5,987,580, which has grown by 7.01% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Show Me State," its capital is Jefferson City, though its largest city is Kansas City. In 2008, there were a total of 3,672,794 jobs in Missouri. The average annual income was $36,356 in 2008, up from $35,120 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Missouri was 9.3% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 21.6% of Missouri residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Missouri include stationery supplies merchant wholesalers, specialized freight trucking, and electrical apparatus, wiring supplies, and related equipment merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist destinations include the Kansas City Missouri City, the Crown Center Complex, and the Black Archives of Mid.


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Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. Veterinarians need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to actively seek out need information and learn from it.
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.