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post #11 of 22 Old 06-07-2010, 10:02 PM
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I know large animal vets are in demand around here for both cattle & horses. However, they tend to pull long hours due to emergency visits and not enough of them to go around.

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post #12 of 22 Old 06-07-2010, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Canada is a bit different, and the pay for Vets here it fairly high.


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post #13 of 22 Old 06-08-2010, 12:32 PM
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Canada is a bit different, and the pay for Vets here it fairly high.
I think you should do some more research. I've done externships up there and work with several vets at my equine hospital who will put that myth to rest. If you want high pay, you're definitely going to have to do the specialty route (about 12 years education post-highschool) and work in a specialty center, which means a somewhat urban environment. It could vary depending on what province you're in, but the general rural mixed practicioner you're describing is the kind of externships I went for and those vets were not raking in the dough by any means. It would be a long long time after graduation that you started making a respectable salary.


AGAIN! Not being a wet blanket, just see so many vet students who are stuck doing this because they were poorly informed. I think it is a wonderful profession which is why I am going for it (especially rural mixed practice) but you do need to know what you're getting in to.
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If you are truly considering this as a career I have two bits of advice for you. GET GOOD GRADES and get in with/work for a local vet! I tried for two years to get into the only vet school in the state and since they only take 35 students a year I wasn't able to. Even though I carried a 3.8 GPA and belonged to Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society one must be INVITED to join.
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If you are truly considering this as a career I have two bits of advice for you. GET GOOD GRADES and get in with/work for a local vet! I tried for two years to get into the only vet school in the state and since they only take 35 students a year I wasn't able to. Even though I carried a 3.8 GPA and belonged to Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society one must be INVITED to join.

Keep trying! Lots of people in my class applied 4 or more times. If it is your dream, don't give up!!
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post #16 of 22 Old 06-08-2010, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, Thanks guys.


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post #17 of 22 Old 06-09-2010, 06:16 AM
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We have two in our area. One isnt taking new patients - so yeah, equine vets are in high demand.


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post #18 of 22 Old 06-09-2010, 07:04 AM
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Large animal vets are certainly in demand around here. We are lucky to have a very experienced 'farm vet' that lives less than 5 miles from us, but the next one is easily 25+ miles away.

As with many professions that have large up front costs (i.e. Time and education), it can take a long time to start coming out ahead. I've had numerous conversations with our vet over the years and here are some points that I've picked up.

- Learn about running a business, also. Our vet owns his practice, has two offices and a few vets and techs that work for him (but he is the only large animal vet in the practice).
- Our vet enjoys being out on the farms and caring for the large animals, but freely admits that the bread and butter of the business comes from the small animal (cats and dogs) side. All those small animal routine exams, shots, spay/neuters, and minor injuries bring in the $$s, and (at least in the rural areas) you can't wind up charging a farmer/rancher big $$s on a farm call...they are very practical people with little profit and in many cases would decide to put the animal down first. For very serious problems, folks with expensive show horses and/or boat loads of money are referred to the NC State Vet school that has a 24 hour 'walk in' emergency clinic, full diagnostic equipment (CT + MRI), and surgical suites (but you're looking at thousands of $$s).

Good luck. I think it's a great profession.

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post #19 of 22 Old 06-09-2010, 08:08 AM
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Considering the prices on all services for any horse vet around here I'd say they are in big demand. Or they'd go bankrupt!
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post #20 of 22 Old 06-09-2010, 12:57 PM
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