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Veterinary: Career and Education Opportunities in South Dakota

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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South Dakota has a population of 812,383, which has grown by 7.62% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mount Rushmore State," its capital is Pierre, though its most populous city is Sioux Falls. In 2008, there were a total of 566,490 jobs in South Dakota. The average annual income was $38,644 in 2008, up from $36,428 the previous year. The unemployment rate in South Dakota was 4.8% in 2009, which has grown by 1.7% since the previous year. Roughly 21.5% of South Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Dakota include nonstore retailers, gasoline stations with convenience stores, and sign manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Pettigrew Home & Museum, the Sioux Falls City, and the Old Courthouse Museum.


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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.