Veterinary Surgeon Salary

The average pay for a Veterinary Surgeon is $80,997 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$45,113 - $148,779

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$45,113 - $148,779  
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$43,671 - $150,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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Job Description for Veterinary Surgeon

Like human doctors, veterinarians often have specialties or areas of expertise. If an animal has a serious injury or needs a tricky operation, a veterinarian surgeon is called upon. To qualify for this position, students need to engage in extra training after they graduate from veterinary school. They must complete at least a one-year internship and a three-year residency program. While participating in this training, there are stringent requirements that students must meet. They must take on certain types of cases and volumes of work, in addition to submitting research to be published in a scientific journal. There is also, of course, a thorough examination to test the students’ knowledge before completion of the residency. Upon finishing the residency and passing the exam, students then become board-certified surgeons.


Veterinary Surgeon Tasks

  • Specialize in advanced surgical procedures such as joint replacement, oncological surgery and complicated wound management.
  • May also perform research and / or teach courses at a veterinary school.
  • Perform surgery on small domestic animals or pets and/or farm animals.

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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Surgeon

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Experience Affects Veterinary Surgeon Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


62 %
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 14%