Originally Posted by faye
Vets money certainly isnt in cattle.
Equine vets are generaly the best paid vets in the industry.
Certainly the farmers round here are not willing to spend even a quater of what a horse person will on a vet.
You don't exactly see cattle hospitals where millions of ££ have been spent on facilities.
Heck I've just paid a bill for close on £600 for 2 hrs work and a few xrays!!! (doesnt include call out as I took the pony to them)
Faye, I am not here to start a fight and I want no part of this original thread but you are very mis-informed as far as equine vets salaries go. Perhaps I am misreading your post, but it seems that you think equine vets make a lot of money. If I am wrong then please forgive the following diatribe.
Small animal vets (like myself) are the most well paid. If you break it down by hour, equine vets make squat, and even if you break it down annually they make squat. The millions of dollars in facilities which are usually necessary for surgical problems is where your vet bill goes, as well as the high cost of the medications to the vet which gets passed on with very little mark up to you. If you would like to look up and see the AVMA makes public what most vets make based on a survey of veterinarians taken annually. Also, we all carry an AVERAGE of $150,000 debt for school veterinary school alone, equine vets are a little higher as most do internships and residency. I too pay for the vet when my horse is sick because I can't take him into the small animal hospital for most problems. I know those bills are high, as my husband loves to remind me of this. But I also know that horses are a luxury so I have to budget for medical expenses just like everyone who has an expensive hobby.