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post #11 of 20 Old 03-06-2010, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Bek View Post
I know this a question no one can answer for me but if you had to choose between being a doctor or a vet, which would you choose and why?
Do a job shadow. Go to your local emergency room or your local clinic, and ask to do a job shadow.

I, myself have a passion for medicine but could never be a vet. I love animals to much and unfortunately they have no control over what happens to them. It would be to difficult for me to make the proper decision because I care so much about them.

Now onto people, I think for some people it would be more difficult to work with human patients because they are actual people as opposed to "just" animals. People(for most cases), are the ones responsible for their own health. They have chose to lead a certain life style that has led to the situation they are in(sometimes not). Human medicine is constantly changing, there are thousands and thousands of treatments, medications, surgeries, therapies for all sorts of health problems (animals not so much). Things you work with, things you can do to make someone better-because of that, I find medicine(for humans) to be that much more interesting.

Once you are a doctor, you can always transfer over to a different area, even years down the road. The knowledge you carry around is also EXTREMELY important. I worked in medicine, and would not trade the knowledge I have for anything.

With medicine, there are also a lot more areas you can get into, not limited to only what was posted below:
  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Nephrology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine
  • Podiatry
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Thoracic Surgery
The choice is yours and your are very wise to think about it now. Reflects your level of maturity. Start off with a job shadow and look into things once you have shadowed both.
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post #12 of 20 Old 03-06-2010, 10:08 PM
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I now vets and doctors who have the time to own and ride their horses. I also think it would be best to shadow both to see which one you prefer. If it were me, I'd probably become a large animal vet.

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I was in the same position until last year! I was going for "Pre-professional". I was deciding between Med school and Vet school. Ultimately I got tired of school and decided to become a nurse hahaha.
I became a nurse aide to work during school so I got a lot of medical experience that way. 2 years ago this spring we got a new vet and he was out here doing the yearly farm call and asked about school. I told him what position I was in and he called back a few days later and invited me to come around with him for 2 days. I got to help with all of his farm call business, office calls and surgeries. SUPER cool!
The vet we had before him told me that when he was deciding he went to school to be a paramedic and concluded that he couldn't deal with what people do to themselves so he decided to become a vet.
My freshman year of college in our "Intro to pre-professional" class a vet came in to talk to us as one of our speakers and brought in kidney stones from a horse and all sorts of other cool stuff (which really caught my attention! haha). She told us something that I had never thought of before and thought it was REALLY cool! She said "I love my job because in one single day I can be in OB delivering puppies, in surgery as an orthopedic surgeon fixing a broken leg, an oncologist treating cancer, a cardiologist treating heart failure, and a family doctor giving immunizations." It never gets boring and you always will have variety.
When I went with our vet 2 summers ago he told me that the small animal portion of his practice essentially pays for the large animal portion. He does the large animals because he enjoys it. He never has to go to the gym because he gets such a good workout from it and it keeps him from getting bored. But, lots of the time he loses money on it.
So, these are all things to think about....
I decided that I was going to become a human doctor and have animals on the side....I'm not exactly sure why...I guess because I'd have the best of both worlds maybe. But as I said earlier, I'm more than ready to move on with the next chapter of my life so I'm going to be a nurse instead! :)
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post #14 of 20 Old 03-08-2010, 10:04 PM
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Have you ever thought about midwifery? If I could do it all again, that's what I would do. I'm not sure how midwifery works in Australia, but in Canada it's government funded. Australia has public health care, yes? It's a pretty cool field - you are responsible for the prenatal care of women with healthy, normal pregnancies, as well as the birth attendant. Midwifery is a growing field, and from speaking with midwives, they find it very rewarding. It's kinda like being a doctor but not! I had one child with a midwife and am in their care with my second pregnancy now. I can tell you from experience that they love their jobs and make a HUGE impact on the lives of their clients. The world needs more midwives!

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post #15 of 20 Old 03-09-2010, 11:35 AM
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Both jobs are very time consuming and take up alot of your time and leave you very little time for family and horses. My old large animal vet say her kids very little, she was a mobile vet and most of the time she was out on a call.
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post #16 of 20 Old 03-19-2010, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I have been doing a lot of research!...and I'm still undecided. I'm considering taking a gap year next year so that I can do a few months of work in some different fields to get a good feel for what I want. I think it is something like 11 years of training if you want to specialise in medicine, so I really want to be sure first.
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post #17 of 20 Old 03-19-2010, 02:08 AM
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A doctor for sure!
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post #18 of 20 Old 03-26-2010, 01:43 PM
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I started out at college as a pre-vet major. I switched out of the science field altogether. If I could make that choice again now, I would have chosen to stick with animal science... Deciding what you are going to do with your life isn't easy. Good luck!
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post #19 of 20 Old 03-26-2010, 02:34 PM
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Personally? Most definitely a vet.
I have no patience for people. Although I do get a lot of headaches from clients who think their horse is perfect and their baby, even though he's being brought to be for training. lol
Being a trainer, I do both - training the horse and owner.

Every doctor I've met is too darn distracted and flippant and for my liking.

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post #20 of 20 Old 03-26-2010, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by shesinthebarn View Post
as well as the birth attendant. !

I've seen one, heard another. That's ENOUGH for me for a lifetime! haha!

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