risk level
Based on 1,118 votes
by year 2031
or $49.64 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

10% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Originality

User poll

24% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 10% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Veterinarians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

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Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Veterinarians' job openings is expected to rise 19.4% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Veterinarians' was $103,260, or $49 per hour

'Veterinarians' were paid 123.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 78,810 people employed as 'Veterinarians' within the United States.

This represents around 0.05% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Veterinarians'.

Job description

Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

SOC Code: 29-1131.00


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Foreign trained vet says
AI is more than welcome in our field if it can make diagnostics faster. However, it can't replace the human touch unless it develops some unforeseen abilities which are yet to be invented. Till then, vets are all we got.
Jul 31, 2022 at 09:44 AM
Ark (Low) says
There would need to be significant advancements in robotics to completely automate this job. Now, I CAN see the number of jobs decreasing dramatically if remote surgery becomes possible. One vet could do the work of 10.
Sep 11, 2021 at 07:20 PM
Destiny (No chance) says
I wanna be a veterinarian. However smart robots will be doesn't mean that they would know how to do surgery, how old a stray dog is, probably won't know how much to feed each one, and they can't bathe them because they're robots so I don't think there is a chance of that happening.
Mar 05, 2021 at 03:11 PM
Millie Pug (No chance) says
I want to be a Vet when I'm older and if robots can't open door nobs then can we really trust they won't accidentally cut the animal?
Feb 16, 2021 at 01:07 AM
Jay Mengi (No chance) says
Veterinary nurses will be a thing and take over vaccination and other basic tasks. Vets would be doing more specialized appointments/surgery.
Nov 23, 2020 at 02:15 PM
alannah (No chance) says
there is no chance that robotics will take over a veterinarian's job like I said in my paragraph that I wrote for school that veterinarians are they need to be meticulous and just because the people that run the robotics they will not overrun the veterinarians because would you trust a robot with your animal do you think that you that your animal would be in good hands
Nov 06, 2020 at 03:15 PM
T grace (No chance) says
Because they need to operate and be very careful
Aug 31, 2020 at 05:39 PM
MD says
Can AI read animal behaviour?
Jul 24, 2020 at 12:39 AM
Rebecca Wilson says
No, because animals only react on how the people are treating them
May 26, 2021 at 02:27 PM
M (no chance hopefully) says
I hope not because I have always wanted to be a vet and what if something went wrong in surgery? D: Be so sad if a pet died because something was wrong with one of the robots!
Jun 11, 2020 at 11:27 AM
robots should not replace veterinarians says
Yes, because robots with their metal hands could harm the animal
Aug 28, 2020 at 03:01 AM
Lee says
In effect, AI helps enhance the capability to care for patients.

The purpose of AI is to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the veterinarian, but AI can never replace the practitioner’s role in the diagnostic process.

Recently, some forms of AI have been labelled “Robotic Medicine,” raising concerns as to the place for this technology in medicine and misinterpreted as a threat that replaces a veterinarian in some instances.

However, the analysis and expertise of the veterinarian will always be necessary and irreplaceable in interpreting the data. AI simply bolsters a veterinarian’s abilities: there is more information from which veterinarians can quickly and accurately draw their diagnostic conclusions.

With AI backing them up, veterinarians are not only able to better themselves as veterinarians, but a correct, quick, and confident diagnosis wins them a trusting client base. Satisfied clients return time and again, and refer others who want the best veterinary care for their animals. Don’t get left behind. Use intelligent imaging to become an even more remarkable veterinarian!
Apr 05, 2020 at 09:21 AM
jocelyn (No chance) says
how will a robot be able to feel whats wrong with animals
Mar 27, 2020 at 02:19 AM
asdf (Low) says
One wrong move if the robot isn't functioning well, the animal's dead.
Mar 21, 2020 at 03:41 AM
Parson Russell Terrier owner says
Pets need human interaction to lower anxiety and stave off depression.
Feb 11, 2020 at 10:23 PM
myname (Moderate) says
they are already better in diagnosing cancer than doctors
Jan 31, 2020 at 02:04 PM
Aaron says
You could probably use apps and AI to diagnose your pets illnesses and ailments. AI could make vets and vet techs jobs a lot easier, removing a lot of responsibilities, which in my mind would make their job not as demanding therefore lower wages.
Dec 03, 2019 at 08:44 PM
blevin (No chance) says
you are just silly if you think that a robot can take care of my cat
Dec 02, 2019 at 02:55 AM
avichal (Low) says
It requires understanding of an animal so no ai can do it
Nov 26, 2019 at 10:38 AM
Leona (Low) says
Because pets could die and then no more vets
Nov 14, 2019 at 02:09 PM
pp says
This job should not be taken by robots because humans have sympathy and can understand
what the patient is feeling and can treat it better with more care
Nov 12, 2019 at 09:51 AM
M (no chance hopefully) says
yes exactly :)
Jun 11, 2020 at 11:28 AM
Mlepnos says
I am glad that we will still have a job to do
Nov 07, 2019 at 11:13 PM

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