In office exam rooms, a veterinarian or technician usually wears a clean, white lab coat over scrubs or street clothing. Protective attire, such as scrubs, disposable shoe covers and caps, is worn in surgery. When working with livestock in barns, pastures and stalls, veterinarians commonly wear either coveralls or scrubs.
Rubber boots, rubber overshoes or disposable boots are often worn over appropriate footwear when veterinarians work with cattle, horses, sheep or goats, especially in areas where contagious diseases can be transmitted by feces. Protective footwear must be thoroughly decontaminated when the work is finished. Shoes that cover the entire foot up to the ankle and are comfortable enough to allow long periods of standing are appropriate for the veterinary office.