Veterinary science is changing fast.
No longer are qualified vets expected to be omni-competent james herriot clones.
Specialisation is now the norm.
They either work for the government controlling livestock, or spend their days in suburbia looking after domestic pets.
Graham Easton has been talking to vets in training at the university of liverpool to find out what they see as the highs and lows of being a young vet.
What springs to mind when you hear the word vet? Green wellies, brown corduroys, check shirts perhaps? What about operation gown, clean surgery and a soft spot for small animals? But there are other sides to being a vet - public health expert, research scientist, politician.
Modern vets are a different breed from their James Herriot predecessors.
Graham Easton looks at the future of the veterinary profession.