We surveyed 1,824 veterinarians to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.

Holland Codes

Veterinarians are investigative and realistic

Veterinarians tend to be predominantly investigative individuals, which means that they are quite inquisitive and curious people that often like to spend time alone with their thoughts. They also tend to be realistic, which means that they often enjoy working outdoors or applying themselves to a hands-on project.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a veterinarian. However, if you are enterprising, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average veterinarian break down:

Big Five

The top personality traits of veterinarians are agreeableness and social responsibility

Veterinarians score highly on agreeableness, meaning that they are very sensitive to the needs of others and value harmony within a group. They also tend to be high on the measure of social responsibility, indicating that they desire fair outcomes and have a general concern for others.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average veterinarian: