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post #1 of 13 Old 03-24-2011, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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I have a question about vets salary?

My dad wont let me become a veterinarian because he says they dont get a good salary, and instead he wants me to become a dentist. I dont really want to become a vet and I want to show him how much they make. My mom said to find out what people pay for horses, cats, dogs etc appointments monthly.Also, what is the general salary of a veterinarian for all the vets out there. This is extra but what it is compared to what you pay to dentists and a dentists salary.

So the questions are: How much do you pay monthly to a vet for your dog, cat, horse, and any other animals (each)? How much (average) is the veterinarians salary? What is their salary compared to dentists? How much monthly do you pay your dentist?

I would really like to be a vet, my dad says I wouldnt be able to live because no one will come to them and only pay about $100 a year. Is that true?


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post #2 of 13 Old 03-24-2011, 07:55 PM
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My first advice is to do the job that makes you happy. If you LOVE animals and want to work with them I think it'd be the most rewarding thing! Especially if you don't want to be a dentist and feel pressured you're going to be miserable. Love your job because you'll have it your whole life!!

I'm not sure what the salary numbers are but if you aren't making as much as you'd like you can always pick up more patients/customers or increase the workload. I know we take our dogs in a few times a year for various things and checkups. They get their teeth cleaned every year and that costs a couple hundred. The regular appointments cost $60 I think? But our vet is nice and gives us a discount :)

Definitely do the job that makes you happy!!! They shouldn't pressure you, unless they're saying they won't help pay for a veterinary degree but they will help pay for school if you're a dentist? Happiness > money
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I'm not sure how accurate this website it, but it might help you
PayScale - Veterinarian Salary - Average Salary of a Veterinarian
Dentist Salary Survey - Dentist Average Salary - PayScale

It will depend on where you live obviously, but that is a baseline

I agree with Amy, pick a job that YOU want to do, your parents can't make you go to school for something you don't want to do.
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Rachel, those figures are fairly accurate. As someone who will be graduating from vet school this time next year (!) I can tell you this field is not for everyone and it is something that you need to try out before you dive in. BUT that being said, if it is your calling, you will never mind that you won't be rich. You will be comfortable financially and nothing makes you happier in life than knowing you are doing what you were meant to do. No salary in the world is better than that!!

AND tell your dad that veterinary medicine is the 3rd most stable job market in the country! That made my dad feel much better about me going to vet school!

good luck!
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If you are aiming to be a large animal vet, you could easily make a decent salary. Like my whole barn uses the same vet and she's coming up next Thursday to do something to every horse there (11) plus 3 more that are coming because she's up here. 14 horses in a day? Half of whom are getting their teeth done. Quite a bit of money there.
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Over the years with my animals, I spent very little other than check ups and vaccinations and neutering. However now that a fair bunch of them are aging my vets bills are increasing significantly.
During 2010 I spent somewhere in the region of $6k on my dog trying to save his life (unsuccessfully).

There will always be sick and aging pets.
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-25-2011, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by RockandRide View Post
How much do you pay monthly to a vet for your dog, cat, horse, and any other animals (each) ?

Originally Posted by RockandRide View Post
How much monthly do you pay your dentist?
I am not sure how much an individual pays their vet/dentist for stuff has anything to do with what the average salary for either is.

In the last week I have spent $1000 trying to diagnose my dog's issues. There are months (thankfully) that I do not spend any money at my small or large animal vets.

Same thing holds true for my dentist.
Some days/weeks are expensive. Others I give them nothing.
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Also keep in mind that the money you give to your vet or dentist does not go in their pockets.

They have staff, operating costs, insurance...etc to pay
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post #9 of 13 Old 03-25-2011, 09:27 AM
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My wife manages a dental practice and I can tell you that they make quite a bit of money - more so then the vets I'm friends with. On the other hand, dentists have the highest rate of suicide of all professionals.

As mentioned, if you don't enjoy what you are doing, you will never be successful. It's tough going to work every day and wish you were somewhere else.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #10 of 13 Old 03-25-2011, 09:33 AM
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If you do become a vet, get involved at the local boarding stables. They have a large client base and will often book you to do multiple horses at once.

Personally, for my horse, I pay $90 every 6 weeks (shot). Twice a year i pay $230 ( teeth + shot) , and once a year I pay $375 ( shot + sheath cleaning + teeth). hopefully that makes sense! the vet I use is also on call at my barn, and all the boarders use her. She is married to a standardbred trainer, so she lives at a large racing stables as well and she does the vetting there. I'd say she has a pretty good business going.
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