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.