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View Poll Results: Vet School or Farrier/Equine Massage Therapy?
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post #11 of 14 Old 10-24-2009, 06:10 PM
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My boyfriend is going through school right now to become a vet. He takes some **** tough classes, and not all of them are particularly interesting.
It's a long, tough road to become a vet, but at the end of all, you get paid better and you get to save lives. On the flip side, you have to end lives as well.
Equine massage therapy is a bit of an easier road, not much schooling. The drawback is unless you make a name for yourself, I hear the income isn't terribly steady.
Farrier work again is an easier road than becoming a vet. Now, farriers are extremely particular to each individual person. I am very particular about who does my horse's feet, and I'm sure I'm not the only person.

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-24-2009, 06:15 PM
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Can I make a suggestion? You should check out College of the Ozarks. It's just south of Branson, MO, and it's a work-study school - every student works 15 hours a week at an on-campus work station, and in exchange you get free tuition. There's a pre-vet track or you can major in Animal Science (that's what I've done). You can graduate without owing a thing (I'm about to), and you can even work through the summer to pay for your room and board. It's very competitive to get in though, and it's based largely on financial need, so if you want to get in, you need to start applying now. It's not big on the equine aspect, but if you're into dairy cattle, we have our own dairy, as well as our own beef farm (and hog farm, and processing plant), so there's a LOT of cattle involved in classes (I don't care for cattle, and I'm SO SICK of hearing about cows all the time...). The professors are AMAZING - I'm going to miss them so much. If you can get into there, you can get into veterinary school without owing anything for your undergraduate degree. There are several other work-study colleges in the nation, although CofO is the only one with an agriculture program that's any decent.

Anyway - if that interests you, College of the Ozarks, Hard Work U. is the website.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-24-2009, 10:34 PM
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Have u ever considered vet technician? Its alot less schoolin than vets but yet u get to work right along with them. So far thats what I've decided to do. I'm goin to take the course from Penn Foster its a 2 year course and you do it at home and they send you everything you need. But if you want to go to college you could. Theres also a vet assistant. But I think technicians learn learn more and get to do a bigger variety or stuff. if you want you can check out the course at Penn Foster Career School | Self-Paced, Distance Education Programs .
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-24-2009, 11:31 PM
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May I offer an option to think about? You don't have to go to college straight out of high school. I didn't even get a BS until I was in my 30s (partly because they didn't have student loans for people like me in those days), yet it hasn't kept me from working close to the bleeding edge of my profession.

If you went to farrier school first, you'd have a trade where you could pretty much set your own working hours, and which - judging by what they charge around here, anyway - pays rather better than student-level jobs like working at a fast food place. Then you can go to college, maybe starting part time at a community college, and pay your own way through. And you have options, and fallbacks. If school doesn't work out for you, you still have a way to make a living.
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