A veterinary invoice is a specialized bill used to collect payment on behalf of clients for the treatment of their pets, livestock, and other animals. Depending on the field in which the veterinarian is employed as well as the setting of their work, veterinarians can charge for their work in several different ways; typically, they charge their services as an individual set price, and can also group several services together for a single bundled price. Regardless of the way they charge for their work, creating an invoice that is both professional and easy to understand is paramount for receiving on-time payment and leaving the animal owner with a positive impression of the services they received.
What Veterinarians do
Veterinarians are highly educated professionals who have the training to diagnose and treat a wide range of both domesticated and wild animals. Veterinarians are employed in an extensive number of locations and fields, including animal hospitals and small clinics (the most common), zoos, animal shelters, universities, national parks, and laboratories. The work life of veterinarians can differ significantly from one to the next, although the majority dedicate more than forty (40) hours a week to their job. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following are the most common day-to-day duties of veterinarians:
- Prescribe animal-specific medication
- Examine animals to assess their health, as well as diagnose problems
- Conduct surgery on animals
- Test for and vaccinate animals against diseases
- Advise the owners of animals on how to care for their pets and livestock
- Euthanize animals
- Operate medical equipment
Veterinarian Education & Licensing
To earn the title of veterinarian, students need to hold both a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine as well as a license in the state where they practice.
To earn their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinarians have to dedicate a significant amount of time studying and gaining first-hand experience. Before applying to veterinary school, applicants will need to hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably having taken courses relating to biology, chemistry, mathematics, humanities, and animal science. Upon earning their diploma, students can begin applying to veterinary medical schools. According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), there are thirty (30) schools or colleges that are accredited (or have accreditation pending). There is a roughly fifty (50) percent acceptance rate for those that apply to veterinary medical school.
Licensing requirements vary from state to state, although all fifty (50) states require veterinarians to pass the North American Licensing Examination (NAVLE). More information on the test can be found on their website here: International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA).
For state-specific licensing and certification requirements, the American Veterinary Medical Association published a list of all the state board websites, which can be found here: Veterinary State Board Websites.
Veterinarian Salary & Hourly Rate ($/hr)
Hourly rate: $45.11/hr
(source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)