opinion on which equine related major to enroll..
Im going to school in less than two weeks for my general courses, after that i plan on doing something equine industry related. I initially was thinking vet tech with a fall back plan of stable management (also always been interested in maybe someday running my own stable), then i seen these other choices i liked.....
equine massage therapy
vet tech/vet assistant specializing in lameness or reproduction
Im not sure what are the majors and minors, but what is your personal opinion on what course to look into? I do love all animals, but i wanted my main focus to be large animal, which i dont think i will find much in just vet tech.
Get a business degree.
I feel like it really depends on what kind of work you want to do. Would you rather be traveling from stable to stable working with a variety of horses, or calling one stable your "home" and focusing on that stable there? I personally would probably do Equine Science as my #1 choice because I love science and horses... but I also think that being a vet tech would be very interesting if you'd rather assist more than run the appointment.
they are all just so interesting i cant decide!
Not to sound lame, but follow your heart on this one. Pray about it, think about it, reflect about it... and instead of trying to pick the one that sounds the best, pick the one that you honestly just feel like you want to do. You'll get that feeling like, yes, I really do want to do _________.
From what my vet told me, the problem with vet techs working with horses is that usually means you tie up both the vet and the tech together on farm calls, I.e. not an effecient use of time/$$s.
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Good point there paintmares
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Have you really thought this over? What is job placement like in your area? Average salary? Vet tech programs are churning people out and then what? There are too many people graduating for the job market. Then you have high tuition costs for what is ultimately a low paying job without a chance of advancement. And you want to do equine work on top of that? You and everyone else.
And equine science degree sounds like majoring in unemployment. You would be better served getting a general business degree and learning some management skills that could apply to any walk of life, including the equine industry if you so choose.
I have worked as a vet tech in an equine practice. Its interesting and rewarding; however, the majority of my time was spent catching/holding horses, retrieving and preparing injections and a TON of time was spent on medical records/billing. There is a lack of techs for vets in the country due to the high turn over rate/burn out, so its a pretty sure shot for finding a job. There is also a movement to give techs more responsibility particularly in rural/food animal practices where there is a high demand for skilled persons but few vet students to fulfill it. There is talk of teaching/allowing techs to preform pregnancy checks etc. If you are interested in the tech side of things with a focus on equine. I would say look at different programs because you could easily end up in large speciality practice such as those often associated with universities. You may not make money hand over fist but with horses unless you are a vet, you are not going to make money hand over fist.
Equine management is a nice major; however, unless you want to own a barn its not worth it in my opinion. Owning a barn is great; however, there is a LOT of work. I have met some folks who think they will own a barn and never clean a stall. Not true at all, you own a barn make sure you plan on cleaning at least one stall everyday with out vacation. Owning a barn is farming and farming is hard work. Its rewarding but its not a lifestyle for everyone.
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