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post #1 of 14 Old 03-14-2012, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Going to Uni next year, I want to become an Equine vet.

Well, I've lived on a dairy farm for my whole life (17yrs) and have been around horses most of my life, but started riding 4 years ago.

I have always wanted to work around animals, but especially to be a vet. And I have decided that if I work hard enough, I want to be an equine vet. There aren't many specialised equine vets in NZ I have found, most seem to go into small animals and large animals and that means that so many people get stuck when they need a vet for their horse... Like I have been in the past.

I'm taking Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Probability and Statistics, and Trigonometry and Algebra. Which are the subjects I need to get into Uni, I'm hoping to go to Massey University in Palmerston North, NI, NZ. It's the only uni in NZ that does vet now.

I'm nervous though, the usual, what if I fail the first semester where only 75 out of 200+ students get through. I know I'll be working my butt off, I know I'll be saying goodbye to my life for a while, I'm fine with that. I'm already working my butt off to get the best marks I can in my last year of Highschool (which admittedly isn't hard)

I don't know much about University, the lectures, where to go for help whether it's to do with the work or not, the notes and whatnot. Literally all i know is that each lecture runs for 50 minutes.

I have already been and looked around the University, and I love it there, while the atmosphere is serious, it's also happy. I love it because of the scenery too, so many trees and animals, a lake, a town inside a university aswell. Everybody is welcoming and friendly (so far)

They also have extremely good grazing etc for horses. its $580 a semester, which includes a paddock, and a yard, access to covered yards and washbays, lockable tacksheds and farmland to ride over, and an 80x60m all weather arena made of 50:50 crusher dust and lime, with the use of up to 20 jumps!
This is the place where I want mitch to be, and it's only $2.50 a week dearer than it would be to keep him where I'm living, which has only a paddock. Equestrian Centre - Massey University

I know, blabbering on a bit now, but are there many vets or vet nurses etc, especially equine vets on here that can tell me more about your experience at university?
I've already planned how I'm going to afford everything, and I don't have to start applying until october, and I don't start Uni untill February! I just like to be prepared early, I have quite bad anxiety with socialphobia and agoraphobia, among a few other problems.

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If your area is like ours an equine vet might get a little hungry if the small animal end of it is ignored. A vet can tend to numerous small animals in the time it takes to travel and attend to one horse. Economics rule.
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And I want you to go to university and become a vet. I sincerely do, so don't disappoint me, I'm watching you!
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And I want you to go to university and become a vet. I sincerely do, so don't disappoint me, I'm watching you!
I'll try not to disappoint, I can't promise though, I can promise to work my butt off to get as far as I can though
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That sounds really cool. Good luck! Study hard. Don't ditch any classes. Seriously.

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post #6 of 14 Old 03-18-2012, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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That sounds really cool. Good luck! Study hard. Don't ditch any classes. Seriously.
I'm definately planning obn studying hard lol and I'm a goody-two-shoes when it comes to classes so I definately won't be skipping any!

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Firstly, good luck with the applications - it's a massively nerve-wracking time. I think my horse was the only thing that kept me from going mad waiting to hear from unit, and then to get results... nightmare.

I'm a now third-year vet student, in the UK though, not NZ, so I can't give you a lowdown on exactly what to expect, but if you had any questions on course/workloads/sort of thing to expect to study then do feel free to ask. Be aware that it is a VERY heavy workload, with a lot of memorising to do and a LOT of exams to sit over the whole course, and if the NZ system is anything like ours, you won't get much holiday either as you'll be on either farm or practice placements for which you may have to travel... so be prepared for your horse to take a bit of a backseat!

Five of my friends at uni here used to compete at national/international level in eventing and dressage, and all bar one of them have either left their horses at home and just ridden for pleasure/lower level in the holidays, or have sold their horses and ridden other people's instead. Be aware that having a horse at uni, especially vet school where you will probably be in lectures/dissection/labs from 9-5 every day plus essays, coursework and actually sitting down to learn the things that have been shouted at you all day, is a bit time commitment and will definitely affect your experience (not necessarily negatively, but you won't be able to have a heavy night before being at the stables at six to muck out!). And that's before you end up on call in your clinical years.

However, it is the best course ever despite the crazy hours, so good luck, and hope you enjoy it - do feel free to message me any questions you might have!
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Firstly, good luck with the applications - it's a massively nerve-wracking time. I think my horse was the only thing that kept me from going mad waiting to hear from unit, and then to get results... nightmare.

I'm a now third-year vet student, in the UK though, not NZ, so I can't give you a lowdown on exactly what to expect, but if you had any questions on course/workloads/sort of thing to expect to study then do feel free to ask. Be aware that it is a VERY heavy workload, with a lot of memorising to do and a LOT of exams to sit over the whole course, and if the NZ system is anything like ours, you won't get much holiday either as you'll be on either farm or practice placements for which you may have to travel... so be prepared for your horse to take a bit of a backseat!

Five of my friends at uni here used to compete at national/international level in eventing and dressage, and all bar one of them have either left their horses at home and just ridden for pleasure/lower level in the holidays, or have sold their horses and ridden other people's instead. Be aware that having a horse at uni, especially vet school where you will probably be in lectures/dissection/labs from 9-5 every day plus essays, coursework and actually sitting down to learn the things that have been shouted at you all day, is a bit time commitment and will definitely affect your experience (not necessarily negatively, but you won't be able to have a heavy night before being at the stables at six to muck out!). And that's before you end up on call in your clinical years.

However, it is the best course ever despite the crazy hours, so good luck, and hope you enjoy it - do feel free to message me any questions you might have!
That's pretty cool, and I'm prepared to put my horse on the back burner, my bf can see to him each day if I can't anyway. Apparently the uni courses here are slightly easier and we have an extra year to do, says my biology teacher who was born in the UK.

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That's pretty cool, and I'm prepared to put my horse on the back burner, my bf can see to him each day if I can't anyway. Apparently the uni courses here are slightly easier and we have an extra year to do, says my biology teacher who was born in the UK.
Yeah, you sound pretty prepared for it - and it is such a good course, you will love it (:. Lots of playing with horses - I love when we have difficult births in, and we have to it up and foal-sit for the first 24 hours... they are the cutest things ever! You'll spend quite a bit of time lunging too, so always useful to brush up your skills (: Good luck and have fun (:
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Yeah, you sound pretty prepared for it - and it is such a good course, you will love it (:. Lots of playing with horses - I love when we have difficult births in, and we have to it up and foal-sit for the first 24 hours... they are the cutest things ever! You'll spend quite a bit of time lunging too, so always useful to brush up your skills (: Good luck and have fun (:
I am, I've already been and checked out the uni grounds on a sunday
Saw them taking a horse into the clinic too

Lol lunging with my horse is a necessity so I'm definately used to that.. He goes lame at the touch of a button and is also a nutcase ex racing tb

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