Thinking about being a Vet - what to do.. advice?

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        09-15-2008, 06:52 PM
    Thinking about being a Vet - what to do.. advice?

    Soooo kidna having a hard time deciding what to do so any advice would be appreciated. I found out I can get into vet school and decided that I would apply but I have a few issues. I can only get into the first semester (which is based on science) and any progress from there is based on academic achievement (exam results) I was in the top of my class in science at high school but that was 7 years ago so I will have to work twice as hard as everyone else to get though (I don't even know if I can remember how to write an essay lol. I went to an information seminar about vet school etc and I don't think I have ever felt that old in my life (even though I wasn't much older that some of the people there) most of them where in high school, and I've spent the last few years throwing out of bars/breaking up fights/arresting drunk students and now I want to be one of them (fitting in issues). Going to vet school would mean moving up north where I've never been before and don't know anyone at all and looking at accommodation options there doesn't seem to be anywhere very pet friendly. And of course there's always the money issue. But then I got an email form a college I applied for last year and whent though the interview etc to be told that they can't take any more students, saying they have space now and am I still interested.
    So to sum things up my biggest worries are
    Being to old
    Not being able to keep up with the level of work having done any study for a long time and not being able to complete the degree
    Or weathr to apply for vet school or the other collage
    If you've made it this far thanks very much I know it's kinda long and any thought or suggestions would be great
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        09-16-2008, 09:11 AM
    First off, congratulations on moving forward in the world. You can try to do more -succeed or fail,but try - or keep throwing drunks out until one hurts you badly.

    Being older gives you an edge. You have seen a bit of life. You are responsible for yourself, and don't wait to be instructed/told what to do every step of the way.

    If you are in the US, I believe you need to complete a four year college before applying to vet school, don't you? I am not sure.

    Either way, one option is do go to your local community college. Take a science refresher- and a subject you know you'll need but have long since shaken out of your noggin - I would suggest you go for a math course. You'll find a surprising amount of math in vet work. This will get your brain back to work, give you confidence, and get you "in the zone."

    People are going to tell you to apply everywhere... of course it costs some $$ each time you apply - so start saving money now!!!

    Try to find a full or part time job at your vets. Large or small animal. So much you can learn hands on! Here's a hint - for large animal, if you practice and can properly restrain a cow, 3/4 of the battle has been won! I see lots of vet students come through here, and that is the one thing they are very very weak on. Also, this experience will help you with your vet school admisson.

    Good luck, and keep us updated!
        09-17-2008, 12:23 AM
    Thanks for your reply.
    I'm in New Zealand you have to be at college for 6 months before entering vet school this is because vet school here is a couple of yeas longer than other countries and covers what you'd learn in those first few years. But the good thing is you can be licensed as a vet in most countrys including the US I was gona move next year but will wait until after vet school (if I get in)
    That refresher class idea is really great
    Thanks for your advice

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