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.
We may not have the best vets in the world out in my rural neck of the prairies, but at least they work together for the good of the patient.
Rang my number 1 vet on a Saturday am to ask for an attend for Ace, got told he was tied up on a farm emergency and wouldn't be free for up tp 4 hours. His wife checked that I had the number of number 2 vet available, and would of supplied it if it wasn't already on my phone.
I wanted a mare ultra sounded for pregnancy, vet 1 only does palps, so he sent me to Vet #3.
They work together, cover holiday, sickness etc. All in all given the fact that there is such a small population, given the fact that a lot of people wouldn't call the vet for their recreational animal, we are not to badly off