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  • Im a vet tech and i own a horse

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    09-18-2011, 11:47 PM
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Foal
what should i be??

I am currently a senior in high school. I have always wanted to be an equine vet. I am currently going to school to be a vet assistant. But over the summer, I broke a horse to ride. I began wondering if I should just be an equine vet tech and have a training and lesson barn. Or be a vet and not be able to have my training and lesson barn...

Any advice on what I should do??



And... I have been riding for 13 years,(taking lessons/ owning my own horse) I've taught lessons and I really do enjoy it.

Also.. I have gone tagged along for farm calls with my vet, and I also would love to do that...


Im just not sure which one is for me...
     
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    09-18-2011, 11:59 PM
  #2
Foal
Any advice?
     
    09-19-2011, 02:50 PM
  #3
Green Broke
To be honest having your own property requires a very sizeable amount of money, and often you cannot get that amount of money in the horse business. Many people would love to be trainers and have barns, but the reality is that with most jobs you'd be lucky to afford to keep horses, much less have your own property. Training doesn't bring in that much money, nor do lessons. I don't imagine the salary for a vet tech is very impressive either. Also, there are many trainers and riding instructors out there - they are a dime a dozen these days. You'll have to develop your own style, and if you really do want a good income it would be beneficial to be successful in whatever discipline you choose, and show that you produce successful horses in that discipline.

If you really want to have your own property then I'd try and get a good university education that leads to employment which has a decent salary and possibly flexible conditions. Once you have a job you can start going to clinics, competing, working with your own horses and learning more about training and you can save up for your own property, and supplement, and eventually replace, your income with an income generated by horses.
     
    09-19-2011, 03:35 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by jrcci    
i am currently a senior in high school. I have always wanted to be an equine vet. I am currently going to school to be a vet assistant. But over the summer, I broke a horse to ride. I began wondering if I should just be an equine vet tech and have a training and lesson barn. Or be a vet and not be able to have my training and lesson barn...

Any advice on what I should do??



And... I have been riding for 13 years,(taking lessons/ owning my own horse) I've taught lessons and I really do enjoy it.

Also.. I have gone tagged along for farm calls with my vet, and I also would love to do that...


Im just not sure which one is for me...

To be a vet is a bigger investment of both time and money, but a MUCH better income than a vet tech.

Vet's usually have their undergrad in Biology or Animal Science or a similar field, depending. In my area of the country, you HAVE to have close to a 4.0 to even be considered for Vet school, because the competition is very high. After they graduate undergrad, they go to school for another 3 years. Very expensive, but they come out making a good starting salary.
Veterinarian work requires a lot of paperwork also.

Vet techs do all the dirty work. They don't make nearly as much (maybe a third of what vets do) but the degree only takes 2 years and is relatively inexpensive. Plus no paperwork.

So it all depends on what you are willing to do.

Unless you have someone to help you start a barn, or someone to work under, I wouldn't plan on making a ton of profit off a horse barn. It is hard to do. Really, the initial investment is huge. You may eventually make your money back, and then make profit, but you need to have the money for initial investment. If you want to train, then I would learn under a trainer and help them with their workload. This way you get experience plus you can get your name out. Then you can start your own if you so choose to.
     
    09-22-2011, 10:06 AM
  #5
Foal
I have been working under a trainer for a good three years now. I often teach beginner lessons and I am beginning to learn alot of the business aspect. I do understand that I can't just expect to walk out of college, own a barn, run a business and be successful. It doesnt work that way. That is why I would become a tech so that I can make money that way. I understand they don't make as much money as a vet does. But if I did decide to become a vet I feel like I would not have any time of my own and I couldnt have my own barn and teach lessons, which is something I have definatley decided that I want to do.


As of right now I am leaning towards getting my bachelors as a vet tech, then at that point in time I will decide wheather I want to continue on to become a vet. Or if I decide to open up a barn.

I do have a great trainer now who teaches me everything there is to know. I have learned so much about it and it makes me want to run my own lesson barn.
     
    09-22-2011, 10:24 AM
  #6
Started
Best advice I can give was given to me many many moons ago! Get an education and your career will take care of itself. You never know where life will take you, no matter how much you plan. Always be open to new ideas, I went to school in hopes of being a vet but ended up a forensic analyst, then went on to environmental science work (NEVER thought I'd be doing the latter!). Good luck in your endeavors.
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    09-22-2011, 02:09 PM
  #7
Started
I was accepted into Johns Hopkins med school. I gave it up for a horse career, I can honestly say that was a mistake I made when I was younger. If I went through med school, I could have multiple horses and my own facility. If I were you, I would consider going to school for an equine vet; you can always have your own horse projects on the side.
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    09-23-2011, 05:13 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Make the best decision you can now. If you can get into a course to be a vet do it. Do the best course you can do and if you hate it later on you can change. To buy a property and start a horse business you would likely need hundreds of thousands of dollars saved or a very solid income. A vet tech with a degree would probably start around what, $30,000 a year? And I doubt that they would earn more than $50,000 later on (sorry if I'm wrong, gave it a quick google). I don't even know if a bank would give you a mortgage on just that, or at least one big enough to buy a potential horse property, and with the amount that would go out every week to pay for it I doubt you could afford the upkeep of more than a horse or two.

The way I see it if you become a vet tech you might regret not becoming a vet, but if you at least try at being a vet you won't regret it later. All very well to say you will continue later on - but really after 3 or 4 years of living like a poor student many people do not want to continue studying. Do the best you can.
     
    09-26-2011, 10:12 AM
  #9
Foal
I appreciate all of the advice. I think that I will start as a tech then apply for vet school and see. If I get in I will continue on. If not I will probably apply a few more times. Ill see where I am in about a year or to. Also. Me and my best friend plan on having a barn together, I wouldnt just be on my own. And I know alot of people just read this and think like oh she is just some stupid kid who doesnt know what she is doing or doesnt know what she wants. Well, that isnt me, if you knew me you would know that I am so disciplined and that I work so hard for what I want. I have an incredible love for horses. I can't even explain it. I am either working or I am with my horse. I do everything for him. But I push myself so hard to get what I want and I will do whatever it takes to get what I want. I have a picture in my head and I cannot give up this dream for anything
     

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