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post #1 of 7 Old 11-16-2010, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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What would you do? *school and life stuff*

I am a 1st year vet tech student at a school near my home. I mainly chose this career because it involved animals and the fact that I didn't have to move out & could keep my horses.

The farther I get into the program, the more I feel it is not right for me. I love spending time working with animals (and talking to and helping to educate their owners when I can), but that is not what being a vet tech is. I'm learning to man-handle animals, which is necessary I guess. I thought I would be learning more about their behavior, which is what I love most about them. I will also be spending a lot of time being a secretary and overall office work, which I have found with experience that that is not my specialty.

Euthanasia is another thing. Small clinics see up to 1-4 per day. I cannot work in a field that is surrounded by death like that...I cannot watch animals die everyday. And it's not always because it is for the animal's best interests...one of my instructors had to put down a puppy because its owner didn't want to pay for the surgery to fix a broken leg.

So now I have no idea what I should do. The classes are pretty easy, so that isn't a factor here. One of my teachers and my dad think I should try to continue on. My dad thinks I could get a job doing something else after I graduate. But why pour all of the money into this program when I know it isn't what I want to do for the rest of my life?

I'm feeling kinda lost, and I'm on a deadline...I have to let the school know my decision by December 3. No pressure at all *sarcasm.* What would you do in my situation?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-16-2010, 11:22 AM
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Instead of thinking about the deaths, think about the the animals you'll be helping. Now for the behavior part, I don't think I can help out much on that one.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-16-2010, 11:25 AM
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I'd say, keep studying, find out what do you want to study and apply for another school. Leave the current school when you're sure you've another studying place waiting for you.

Or then apply for jobs but don't give up the school until you're sure you've something. I think it's important that you keep studying or doing something else until you'll find your school.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-16-2010, 11:32 AM
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My mom did it for eight years. I helped walk dogs for the clinic for 4 years...You will get used to the death issue but some cases will effect you more than others. You WILL be getting your hands dirty, sometimes dealing with dogs coming in with maggots and malnourished. Its a dirty job thats forsure. Sometimes you will want to throw your hands up and quit because of the ignorant owners. Also I don't know about all vet clinics but the one I know, Had ALOT of drama between the staff. Put a group of girls working together and there will be lots of drama. The benefits are you typically get discounts on your own animals.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-16-2010, 11:32 AM
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I would drop out of the program and find a new one. It sounds to me that the issue is that you had different expectations going into the program. You wanted something geared more towards animal biology, not animal medicine. It's unfortant that you didn't discover this until after money was spent on classes, but such is life.

I feel like you wouldn't be able to get a different job with a vet tech degree... not something that would justify paying the money to go through vet school anyway. It would make much more sense to me to get a degree in the field you want to work in. Think of it from an employer's presective, would they hire an accountant with a finance degree, or an accountant with a vet tech degree? (probably a stretch of an example :P)

If I was in your situation, I would talk to a school counselor and see what your options are in regards to transferring credits, or getting your money back for the classes you are in to be used for other classes.

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-16-2010, 11:54 AM
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^^Would add that's the part I agree with. It doesn't make sense to study a profession you don't want to. You've better chances to get a job that you want with an appropriate degree.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-16-2010, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the feedback.

I have looked into transferring, and my credits are only good if I stay in my school...and they don't offer any other programs that I might be interested in, which kinda sucks (they aren't fully accredited or something).

lacyloo--I have noticed that "female fighting" thing among the teachers at my school. I am a "why can't everyone just get along?" kind of person, so I don't think that would be too much of a problem for me...I simply don't engage in fights. ;) I was looking forward to the discounts in vet care, but I have horses, cats, and exotic parrots...I'd have to pick and choose who I would be getting the discount on anyway.

Some other things I was thinking of getting into were farrier work (just for my horses to save money down the road), dog grooming, interior design, and song writing. Nothing looks all that promising yet. I wish I had more time.

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