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post #1 of 22 Old 06-07-2010, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Are Horse Vets in Demand?

Hello, I have been considering my future career ambition and I want to do something with animals. I was aiming for a Zoologist, but I recently have been pulled into Horses, and I think I have changed my mind. I would like to become a horse vet, but not sure how high in demand they are. I would love to be able to care for horses and own them. Even though I own reptiles, I think owning a horse would pull me out of the hobby lol, which is probably not a first. If anyone could tell me the requirements for such a job, and maybe how needed they are, I would appreciate it, Thanks!

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post #2 of 22 Old 06-07-2010, 12:46 PM
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Yes! Especially in rural areas, they are in HIGH demand. Basically, you would need all of the requirements of a normal vet, on top of having to be familiar with equine anatomy and physiology. It wouldn't hurt to also be familiar with canine anatomy as well, since a lot of bigger operations also have farm dogs.
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Well, I live in Ontario, Canada. And I see a lot of farmland throughout the province, mostly to the southern tips along lake Erie. I would love to have that as a job!

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Large animal vets are in extremely high demand, especially in rural areas that have horses and cattle.

The vet service where I take my dog used to do large animals, but they've gotten out of it. The smaller animals are easier to deal with, transport, and are more lucrative.

I'm not trying to discourage you, but you have to be prepared to be called out in all sorts of weather, and willing and able to dispatch an animal at a moment's notice during an emergency situation. You also face the dangers of being hurt by them, sometimes badly, because a large, frightened animal in pain isn't always controllable.

I think we need more large animal vets, but I certainly understand why new vets tend to stick with the smaller animals.
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I care for all animals, that's the thing. I wouldn't just abandon one type because it's too big or too hard to care for, no no. And I fully understand the risks of caring for injured or ill animals. As they say, a wounded animal can be a dangerous animal. But I would take it to the next step making sure I understand the animal's suffering, and try to help stop the pain however I can.

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post #6 of 22 Old 06-07-2010, 05:37 PM
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Yes, good vets are always in high demand. I know that I have to travel no less than 20 miles to get to a vet and none of them make house calls without an appointment weeks in advance.

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I would take house calls. If it's a medical emergency, animals cannot wait.

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Over here vets aren't as high in demand as over in North America but they are in high enough demand and so I am planning on becoming a vet dealing in large animals.
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I would say regardless of location or economy, good vets who answer phone calls in a timely manner, don't treat your wallet as their pocket book, and have good diagnostic skills are always in high demand. I hear getting into a good vet school is a very competitive thing these days.

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Vets are generally in high demand so one might ask themself, WHY? It is a very grueling and difficult profession and the pay is very low, especially considering the cost of education to get you there. That being said, if it is your passion you should go for it. I am graduating from vet school in a little under two years and I am still excited about it, despite knowing I have chosen a pretty demanding life.

The best thing you can do is familiarize yourself with the requirements of becoming a vet in canada. Here in the US it involves four years of undergraduate study, 4 years of veterinary school, and then possibly additional education depending on your goals (4 years or more if you're after becoming board certified in a specialty area). Next you need to start gaining experience as you'll need letters of recommendation and more importantly to know exactly what the career you're going into is all about. Vet school is very competitive to get into, so the more experience and better the grades you can get, the higher your chances are of getting in. Good luck!
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