Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
You guys will probably all think me fickle, but to be honest I'm shying away from vet.
I've spoken to vet recently, and done some more research and well what I've found out isn't too great. The vet herself was lovely but from what she explained to me it didn't sound the greatest, and she pretty said she wouldn't do it again. 70 hour weeks, no paid overtime, employers with unrealistic expectations and poor support systems. She also gave me some links to an interesting page really and I found out some information.
Apparently, in Australia at least, vets have 4 times the average suicide rate. Wages are significantly lower than in countries such as America. In addition, in the past ten years they've built three new vet schools (there were only about 4 before) to help with a lack of rural vets. However, apparently, the research put in the find out about rural vets wasn't really accurate - as while it looked there not being many vets it didn't address that there wasn't really work out there either. It's just vets usually go into the job because they love animals, and they'd be like me, and if they are all getting depressed and unhappy, then I might be too.
The bottom line is just now we're starting to have double the amount of veterinary graduates but not really many more jobs which is leading to low wages and unemployment among vets. If this trend continues, well in 6 years when I would finish it would be worse.
I know people say do what you really want to do - but I don't want to put myself in a bad position. Although, this experience certainly has revealed that I don't want an office jobs so I am still looking at going back to uni to do more study.
I'm considering medicine, or environmental science, not sure yet but I'm looking into it :)
Thank you for the advice.