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post #1 of 8 Old 12-21-2010, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Really confused help ?!

hey everyone

so today i just finnished a job shadowing at a vet for small animals. Now I always wanted to be a equine vet but today it drove me insane to be in a ofice all day and i wasn't able to handle watching a surgery of removing a small tummer on the outside of a dogs hip. so i'm really disapointed in meself and now im not shure if that what i want to become anymore. plus it very discouraging to see how many years of universaty i need to do just to speciales in equine medicine. i really want me career to invole worcking with horses and i found a equine rehabilitation theraspist interresting. idk i'm just really confused if anyone have any suggestion or advice it be appreciated.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-21-2010, 07:26 PM
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What year are you in school? What other interests do you have?

Equine massage may be something you look into as a career. My biggest advice though is not to limit yourself. Going into high school I thought I wanted to do something with horses and I'm currently in my second year of college studying design. Things change, working with animals isnt for everyone (yes even if you love them). Many people don't have a clear career path until they apply to college or take some classes first, it's completely normal.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-21-2010, 10:29 PM
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Yes, vet school is very competitive, expensive and does take what seems like forever. Besides massage, there's farrier, dentist, chiro, saddle fitter, appraiser, and a few other things I can't think of. If you want to work with horses, you'll find the right niche for yourself.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-22-2010, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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ya that true I was just a little freacked out cause for the longest I knew for shure what I wanted to do and now I'm not certain and I dont like this feeling. Thanks for the help you guys :)

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-22-2010, 07:36 PM
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In any field of animal care, you are going to witness a lot of things that are not going to agree with you. Its the reality of the job. You really need to have a deep passion for that kind of thing. Willing to do what it takes. The end result will be enjoying a job instead of one that is mediocre. It can be a lot of fun and exciting and it can be challenging and tiring. Its up to you and where your heart lies.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-22-2010, 09:48 PM
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Being a vet is really hard. It take pretty much as much study as it does to become a doctor, and in a lot of places entry to these courses is nearly as hard.

As a vet you don't actually "save" a lot of animals - most vets will tell you that they have more bad times than good.

The pay isn't terrible but its generally not good considering the amount of study and hours you put in.

If you are passionate about animals, science and probably maths, and talented at the latter two then yeah consider becoming a vet. If not...well the degree isn't going to be fun for you and the job might not be what you expect.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-22-2010, 09:51 PM
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Just because you felt ill the first time you witnessed a surgery doesn't mean that you should discount following your dreams. Sometimes it takes a bit to acclimate yourself to seeing blood, etc. Also, blood can have a very unique smell that takes a while getting used to. When you watched the surgery were you gowned up in a warm room? That may have a lot to do with it. Also, even after 10 years of working at a vet clinic I still have to keep moving around in surgery or else I have a tendency of getting faint.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-23-2010, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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ya that true. and no i was wasnt in a warm room but i was in a small room. and you right about not giving up on my dreams i was just disapointed in myself agess. thanksguys :)

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