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post #11 of 19 Old 10-01-2010, 10:14 PM
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You can become a vet technician in 2-4 years. It depends on the regulations for the state you are working in. Very little of it is office work. You can also specialize in large animal, exotics, or emergency care.

Zoology is very competitive outside of research but conservation gives you a lot of opportunity to be out in the field doing hands on research.

I am doing Equine Assisted Therapy. I will have four years of my under grad then two years to get my MSW. After that I will work under another LCSW for awhile before being able to go into private practice.

If you want to make money, you're going to need to go to school or at the very least become a working student with some big names and make a name for yourself . Most of the time though as a rider or trainer there is not a lot of money unless you are at the top. Also, no benefits like some other jobs.
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post #12 of 19 Old 10-14-2010, 02:13 PM
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I worked as a vet tech for two years (I was saving money for our training farm). It wasn't bad. I didn't need special school, pay was steady, I learned alot, not much office work, and mostly hands on care.
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post #13 of 19 Old 10-25-2010, 04:26 PM
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I started volunteering with vets so I could learn about the field and see if I really had what it takes to go through all that schooling...8 years plus an optional internship. Its been rough to tell you the truth...don't get me wrong I love the animals but I found myself so dissatisfied with quality of care animals were receiving. A large part of it came down to owners not wanting to spend the money to help their pets but I also found issues with the veterinarians who would short-change the pet owners by fibbing or otherwise over-stating pet illnesses and over charging for services rendered. I am also upset about how easily veterinarian euthanize animals. I have heard the vets say themselves that an animal is perfectly savable but because it would require a lot of resources and time they opt out of saving the animal's life and instead choose to euthanize it, sometimes without even explaining the circumstances to the owners. I found this same attitude and disregard for life when I was volunteering for a wildlife center a few years ago. If the baby animals were under a certain weight they were automatically euthanized.

I think I have probably just had the unfortunate luck of working with disreputable veterinarians but it is very disheartening to see such lack of regard for life.

I really want to work with animals. To help them, but I haven't figured out a way to do that and still uphold my standards of animal care and welfare.
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post #14 of 19 Old 10-25-2010, 04:36 PM
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Tara, to you it might seem heartless, but what you have to realize is that sometimes money does play into whether or not someone can afford to keep an animal alive.

I understand perfectly why a wildlife rehabber won't waste time, energy and money trying to save one animal when for that same time, energy and money, they could save 5 or 10 more who aren't in as bad shape.

Plus, if I make the decision to euth my own animal, it's not up to the vet to try and talk me out of it.

Many things come into consideration when you're talking long term treatment for an animal, and one of them is definitely financial. Some other things are prognosis and quality of life. If even after I've spent boatloads of time, money and emotion, the vet can't guarantee a 100% return to health with no pain, I have to weigh what I want against what's best for the animal.

It's rarely cut and dried, black and white, or emotional versus uncaring. There are a lot of grey areas.
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post #15 of 19 Old 10-25-2010, 08:07 PM
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I understand that these decisions are rarely black and white but I have been working with animal health and rehabilitation for enough years now that it truly brakes my heart to see people put animals to sleep who could so obviously have been saved.

I am not a young teenager who has never seen death, dealt with a bird whose legs are literally rotting out from under neither it or preped an animal for surgery who has literally lost half of its body due to impact with cars on our nations highways. I have raised orphaned animals, more than I can count now who needed round the the clock care. I have picked maggots out of open wounds and helped amputate limbs. Its not fun but if its necessary than I will do it. Gladly, because I know that the animals are worth the trouble.

As for financial needs. I realize that the cost of veterinary care is quite frankly, startling. I also realize that most of us, including myself, would not be able to pay for half of the treatments which are available every year to our pets in need. When I mention people not supporting their animals health financially I am referring to people who have the money and just don't bother. Its too much trouble and their animals aren't worth enough to them. I know that is kind of a harsh way of looking at it but if your horse's leg is bleeding all over the place because he got tangled in your own barbed wire fence then I think you owe it to your horse to care for that injury. Or else if you can't afford it than you need to seriously consider re-homing that animal to someone who can.

To me this just seems like common sense.

As for rehabbers...I appreciate what they are doing. The place I volunteered for was always relatively busy and they saved thousands of animals every year. But...and this is a big but they could have done better in regard to orphaned animals. I raised hundreds of orphaned wildlife before I ever walked into their doors and started volunteering. If the animal is not injured...raising it is relatively straight forward and not difficult for most species. To kill an orphaned baby just because it is under a certain weight/age is inhumane. I would have taken those babies and raised them.. I know a dozen people who would have done the same. These are animals such as squirrels and possums which can be fostered out into homes legally for raising for release back into the wild. To kill them for no other reason than they are young shows selfishness because you just don't want to spend the effort to find a foster home. The rescue I worked at had hundreds on call every day. It wouldn't have been hard to re-home them for fostering.

I'm sorry to rant on like this. Its just something that I feel very passionate about.
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post #16 of 19 Old 10-26-2010, 10:37 AM
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Not everyone has the ability to provide around the clock care for infants or injured animals. The fact that you have that ability doesn't mean every foster home does.

I do understand what you're saying, and I'm glad there are people like you out there making a difference, but so many people have jobs that take them off the property for at least 40 hours a week, often more. They might desire to treat and care for animals the way you do, but are unable to do so; they have to keep a roof over their heads and everyone on the property fed and cared for properly.

I'd love to stay home and rehab animals. The reality is that I can't. I also have financial and time constraints concerning the animals in my care. That's just the way it is, and nobody gets to judge me on the compromises I've had to make in order to have my animals.
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post #17 of 19 Old 10-26-2010, 11:11 AM
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I can understand where you are coming from and I agree..not everyone can provide round the clock care for orphaned and needy animals. I respect that completely and am very encouraged for whatever time loving pet owners spend caring for not only rescues but also their own animals who are just as important if not more so.

I also understand that rescue organizations may not have the time to research and track down foster homes for very needy animals. But please consider this was a very common one unfortunitely that I faced while volunteering at the wildlife center.

Every day there was 1-2 people on staff to care for resident animals at the facility as well as to rescue and do imediate care on new animals who were called into the center. Some days we had a superviser on staff, most days we did not and it was just two volunteers trying their best to help out animals in need...whenever we got a animal into the center and it was injured or very small we would be required to call into our director and get instructions on how to preceed with the animals care and treatments.

Imagin how shocked I was when I called to speak with our director one day after having received several very small possum babies who where only around 0.6 oz...fured but still very small and having her tell me to put them in the freezer because they were too small to raise. First of all, the freezer??? and I was to kill them? There was no way I would do that. Ever. I told her truthfully that I had had success raising small orphans of that size and I would take them and raise them for release. She than preceeded to tell me that there was no way that it was possible and if she let me take them home they would simply starve to death and so I had "better" leave them there so she could take care of them when she got in later in the day. How horrible! I was 16 at the time and had never imagined that someone could be so cruel to an orphaned baby animal. I volunteered there for 4 yrs and gained a lot of experience that I am very thankful for but I also saw things that I wish I never had to go through. Animals who could have been saved, that I offered to help save at my own expense, were simply killed. All of the volunteers hated to oppen the freezers to get meat to thaw for the rapters because there were usually zip lock bags of frozen baby animals inside.

Eventually I left because even though I loved working there most days, dealing with the animals and learning so much about wild animal care. I simply could not continue to be a part of something that I did not believe in. The needless killing of animals. I would like to say that over those 4 years I never killed any animal although I was requested to do so on many occassions. I refused.

One day, God willing, I would like to open an animal rescue of my own. To help our native and domestic animals. I realize that not only will it be very demanding but it will also be very expensive and potentually heartbraking to see the animals that you cannot save, but it is true that rescuing and rehabilitation is about life...focus on the lives that are saved and not those that are lost. You can only do so much. Whatever I have I would like to dedicated to helping animals.
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post #18 of 19 Old 11-01-2010, 01:53 AM
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You could always just do a BS in animal husbandry, assuming you have no formal college education, it would only take about four years and could come out making relatively decent money. I worked as a vet tech for about 2 years... and although i LOVED my job, it was really hard work for no money. I was a slave to the vets whom tended to be pushy, rude, and completely burned out.
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post #19 of 19 Old 11-01-2010, 12:20 PM
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Vet tech is iffy depending on where you are and depending ons tate you can do soomuch more once you become registered. I am in an 18month program to be a vet tech. I will graduate then have to take state and national tests. I dont want to be a vet but bf says I should so Im waiting and see what happens after I work as a tech. I plan to make money doing horse training at my own facility one day too.
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