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post #1 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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Careers and Colleges?

I need help deciding what to try to go to college for. I have always wanted to be an equine vet but it is being brought to my attention that I might not have the necessary talent and skill in math and science to continue on with that dream. Eight years of intense math and science is something I am having trouble with because I don't know if I can do it.

So I need other ideas, I know I want to work with horses no matter what but I don't know what to do. I thought of doing Vet Tech but I don't know if I will make enough doing that.

Blah so ideas please! Also college ideas are greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 10:50 AM
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You could be a vet assistant. That doesn't require as much schooling. I wanted to be a vet once, too, but I don't think I could handle the sad parts.

There's equine chiropractics, training, riding instruction. This book might help:

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Id love to be a vet tech. I think at the nicer hospitals they make more then I do, and Im an accountant...

How about a show judge, equine photographer, apraiser, barn manager, nutritionist, accupuncturist, therapist, or a feed rep.

Id love to be a feed rep. That sounds very fun.

I'm fine with taking care of my horses. I dont think I could deal with owners all day. Some of them are insane. I thought about one day opening a boarding facility for special needs horses, permenant and partial layups. Ones that dont cost a arm and a leg. I always have lame horses, and I just want someone I can trust to take care of them for me. Most barns charge extra and dont have the right facilities for special care. I'd also love to foster some horses for shelters and such.
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 11:49 AM
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There are SO many options in the horse industry! Horses aside, do you know what you're good at and what you're interested in? Are you good with your hands? Working with people? Great organizational skills? Like medicine?

Either way I would highly suggest taking some business classes. It's amazing how much business skills it takes to be in the horse industry.
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You could look into the racing industry... They have a jockey collage (I dont know how many... I will find my youngrider that talked about it). Um, yeah, horse trainer, stuff like that... You could always try being a stable hand (or I guess you will when you start working off board) and see how you like that (its a start...).

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I don't know what part of the country you're interested in, but Centenary College in NJ has a great equine management degree that combines business with equine studies. It's a great all around degree that could give you a lot of career options! Centenary College New Jersey - Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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post #7 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 03:20 PM
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Hey, just wanted to show you...

Randolph College Equestrian and Riding Program

I would kill to go there! ;p

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post #8 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 09:58 PM
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Im going to school to be a Vet Assistant. The money wont be that great but just to wake up and do what you love has to be a great feeling. As soon as im done My Equine Vet is most likely going to take me on.
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 10:03 PM
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I am going to go to Midway College next year. It's in Kentucky and they have a great Equine Studies program. (I'm not doing that, but I've heard from everyone that it's fantastic.)

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post #10 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone :] I know there are a lot of options, it is just hard to choose which one I could excell at.

I am not really sure what I am good at to be honest, there isn't really anything that I am great at doing as it is lol which is why this is so hard for me to decide on.

I still might try and tough out a vet tech degree but I want to see my other options as well.
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