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        12-04-2012, 10:45 PM
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    Weanling
    Seeking some guidance

    I'll warn you all now, this may become a lengthy post, I do apologize in advanced. I just need someone to give me their opinions and help me figure out what direction I should go in the way of schooling. I have been almost lost trying to figure out what to do, and now I'm feeling the clock is running out. I need to make a decision before I get any older than I already am, I'm almost 26 now. I need to advance my skills soon. I need a career with better pay.

    Ever since I was a young kid, I have always loved animals. Always loved learning about them, taking care of them, and helping them whenever I could. So for as long as I could remember, I have wanted to become a Veterinarian. My family always said I was a born vet. I worked hard through early school years to be a good student, I had a goal I was working hard toward.
    Then in my later teens I discovered the world of nursing. Loved it from the start. It was science and medicine, which I have a nack for. Then my focus turned to becoming a nurse. I became a nursing assistant while still in high school and starting working as a CNA my senior year.
    Then when I graduated, I delayed going to college due to some family health issues. I became a care giver for my parents as they both had health issues. I then started college a few years later, but stopped after my dad passed away. And from that time on, I have not been back to school and have been working all these years as a CNA, with not much advancement.
    Now that I'm a adult, I know I need to do something with my life. I'm stuck as a CNA, with really no way of getting anywhere without schooling. I keep going back and forth from Vet to maybe something in the human medical field. I don't feel like I want to become a nurse anymore. I don't see myself wanting to do that forever. I've been there, do that. I keep trying to find careers with animals that make ok money, and there really isn't much, at least here in Utah. Animals are my first passion, then people.
    In the last year, one University by me has started a Veterinary school. You of course do all your generals for a BS degree, then apply for the vet program. You do your first two years here in the state of UT, then finish out the last two at Washington state. This makes going to vet school a little more feasible for me now. But it is going to be a lot of schooling, I'll be in my 30's when I finish, yikes!
    So should I try to do all the schooling to become a vet like I have always dreamed of and have quite the debt of student loans,or should I find some kind of career in the medical field that makes good money and least amount of schooling and less of a student loan i'm going to have to take out and live with that? I'm stuck!
         
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        12-05-2012, 01:23 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    That is a big decision, and student loans are no joke. Going into full blown veterinary college will generate a lot of money to pay back. If you feel strong about it, I say go for it though. Another option, and something that you may want to look into, is to be a certified veterinary technician. The program is much shorter and any loans will be substantially less. It may even be more fulfilling to you as the vet techs are more hands on with the animal care but don't have to handle the clients (or the business in the event you want your own clinic). Some areas don't pay much more for someone that is certified (like where I'm located) but if you're willing to possibly move, larger areas pay fairly well.

    I was like you, I was always told that I should be a veterinarian and even set out to college with full intentions on just that. Then I worked at a humane society and later a veterinary clinic. During that time I realized that I really, really enjoyed the care taking aspect of the job much more than what the actual vet did. I switched my studies towards a vet tech program at that point and I don't regret it at all. I don't work now, but I was offered an awesome job at an equine facility that I sort of regret turning down that had awesome benefits. Not only was the pay good, but I would have an apartment on the premises and a small barn/paddock for my personal horse. Once you get into a program normally offers come in as long as you are in good standing with grades and instructors.
         
        12-05-2012, 01:33 AM
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    Well, there is HUGE demand for nurses, of all kinds. And many differents kinds. Things like working in oncology, or in radiology or pediatrics. All would be fascinating and you'd have your choice of where to work, for the most part. Animals would become your hobby, as is the case for the most of us.

    If you want to be a vet, then it will take a long time.
    Have you thought about doing something like equine massage therapy? Less time but still working with horses.

    ETA:
    Also, being a vet means you have much more responsibility and will be required to make agonizing decisions. Being the assistant means that the actual life and death decisions do not come down to your shoulders.
         
        12-05-2012, 01:37 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    I was going to go to a vet tech school at a community college here in UT, but the tuition was more than going to a university. Plus, in UT you don't need a license to be a vet tech. The pay for a vet tech is really low here, I actually make more as a nursing assistant now then a vet tech job will pay me in 10 years of doing the job. I really love finding diagnosis and figuring out treatments, that's where I think being an actual vet would suit me. My vet has told me I'm pretty right on when it comes to diagnosing ailments of my pets, and have suggested I look into becoming a vet.

    The debt issue scares me most, it's not the schooling. I have read about joining the army reserves and have them pay my full tuition for vet school, but then I'd have to commit to service. Is that something I'd want to do?
         
        12-05-2012, 01:39 AM
      #5
    Weanling
    I was going to go to a vet tech school at a community college here in UT, but the tuition was more than going to a university. Plus, in UT you don't need a license to be a vet tech. The pay for a vet tech is really low here, I actually make more as a nursing assistant now then a vet tech job will pay me in 10 years of doing the job. I really love finding diagnosis and figuring out treatments, that's where I think being an actual vet would suit me. My vet has told me I'm pretty right on when it comes to diagnosing ailments of my pets, and have suggested I look into becoming a vet.

    The debt issue scares me most, it's not the schooling. I have read about joining the army reserves and have them pay my full tuition for vet school, but then I'd have to commit to service. Is that something I'd want to do?
         
        12-05-2012, 01:39 AM
      #6
    Weanling
    Oops double post!
         
        12-05-2012, 03:02 AM
      #7
    Green Broke
    I will tell you from experience, Hubby, that vets don't make that much money. It is a buisness like everything else, most clinics have the vets push, push, push to get the bills higher. While the treatments are great what the vets are pushing a lot of time is the extras, pay is based on revenue generated.

    My husband is lucky he owns his own clinic and he is a softy, his prices are the cheapest in 4 counties, and he likes old dogs and their old lady owners.

    He also trains some of the workers at the clinic to take the vet tech test, without them having to go to school, they get higher pay if they are licenced.

    That said, you say you will be in your 30s when you finish, you will be in your 30s anyway, going to school won't make you any older.
    If I had to do it all over again, I would go to engeneering school and save my money to pay the vet.
         
        12-05-2012, 09:06 AM
      #8
    Trained
    Engineering is VERY heavy with high level math. While engineering does have a solid future, if you can't cut the math it's not a good choice.

    The amount vets make varies by region and the type of vet. Also in some places you'll do better on your own and in some places you'll do better joining a few other vets and looking together. You need to consider what kind of get you want to brand where. You can look up statistics for vets in that area.

    Personally if I could do it all over again I would have gone to blacksmith/farrier school. If I could afford the schooling for it now, I'd go to school to be a phlebotomist or radiologist. I'm currently in school for accounting with an interest on forensic accounting.
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        12-05-2012, 09:24 AM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
    Engineering is VERY heavy with high level math. While engineering does have a solid future, if you can't cut the math it's not a good choice.

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    That's why I said that is what I would do.

    P.S. OP had best be good at math if Organic Chemistry is in her future.
    That class makes you cry!
         
        12-05-2012, 09:46 AM
      #10
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
    That's why I said that is what I would do.

    P.S. OP had best be good at math if Organic Chemistry is in her future.
    That class makes you cry!
    The semesters where my husband took Org Chem 1 and 2 were the most trying of our relationship. No joke!
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