I want to rephrase my last thread.
So I've been really interested in becoming a vet. I really like medical science and have taken anatomy and physiology classes and found that I'm good a medical stuff. But I don't really want to work with humans, I'd much rather work with animals, specifically horses. I know how competitive vet school is but I pull good grades and am willing to work for it. But, what do I need to do so I can know what to expect and prepare myself to get accepted into vet school.
Here's the other question. I've heard that getting you full-blown doctorate as a vet isn't the route to go because the schooling is expensive and vets make as much money as some people with a lower degree in the field. My cousin has a pre vet med degree and she's the administrator for a large animal hospital and make more money that a vet with a doctorates and still has a lot of hands on work with animals. So, what should I do for a degree.
Here's the other thing: I really would like to work with large animals and be a large animal vet than a small animal vet. And I would love to be a vet for racehorses and work with racehorses down in Kentucky. The other thing I wanted to do is just get my pre vet med and then get certified as an equine physical therapist rehabilitating injured racehorses. I feel like I would really love that, but how competitive is it become a racehorse vet and how practical is that?
If you want to decide the course of medical treatment for an animal, you have to have a DVM. I would suggest getting a summer job at a vet clinic that does large animals and talk to them about the best course of action.
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I've thought about doing that, but I don't want to give up my job with a horse trainer I have training horses.
Becoming a equine physical therapist doesn't require a DVM, but it's probably a good idea to have one.
Body work and massage don't require DVM, but I'm not sure about chiro. Those are some other options that would give you hands on work with horses.
I thought about going to vet school, but even though you're treating the animals, there's still a lot of interaction and customer service with the owners/handlers. I didn't like that aspect of it.
Becoming a veterinarian isn't a good way to make a lot of money- school is too expensive and the loans take too long to pay back for it to be. That said, I can't imagine doing anything else. I could never imagine myself as a massage therapist or a vet tech, or any of those other also very skilled and intelligent people that I rely so heavily upon. So for me, it was the best, hardest thing I've ever done. I tell people that ask, "if there is any doubt in your mind about being a vet, don't do it. There are too many hard days to be happy if you have any doubts." Even when I was down to my last $2 and eating ramen for the third week while I was in school, I still knew I was doing what was right for me.
Well said!! I have a daughter who wants to be a veterinarian and just completed a career project on it. I thought it might break her determination....nope- she's now on a tighter educational path and realizing its going to be work that's worthwhile.
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