Are there any vets here? Would it be a mistake to go to vet school and take on $200k in debt + 20 years of interest while having a salary of $60-80k if I don't specialize?
My current lab technician job makes me want to kill myself.
being a vet is shit unless you actually like treating dogs in the final stages of cancer and dealing with owners so dumb you could swear a 6 year old would treat animals better.
lab technician sucks but being a vet isn't much better. unless you want to work with other stuff besides regular pets, like wildlife or public health
California. Western university is $50k a year. If it was $50k for all four years, this wouldn't be a question for me, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Seems like most med students do income based repayment thing now since debts bloat to $500k.
The worst part about vet school is the classmates
Fucking spoiled, inbred little shits
The only reason I don't drop out is that I'm already 23 and feel too old to start uni all over again
I've considered going to school to become a vet just to learn and be able to treat my own animals.
I don't think I could do it as a job, though. Too emotionally taxing to not be able to save every animal.
That's a hell of a commitment. You'd be better off becoming a vet tech if you didn't plan to make a career out of it long term. Doctorates in medicine aren't something to just jump into. And chances are, you'd make about as much as a vet's net take-home pay for a long time and avoid debt almost completely.
Mind if I ask your opinion on the financial side of it? What are your and your classmates prospects at the end of it all?
Oh, I know it's a hell of a commitment. Expensive, too. It's not something I am definitely sure I want to do. Just something I am thinking about.
Though I don't think becoming a vet tech would really serve as an equivalent substitute. It's not something I want as a career. I just want the knowledge, the skills, and the license to be able to help animals when I need to or want to (my own animals, those in need that can't pay for it perhaps, or wildlife, etc.) I want to be ABLE to take care of animals in this sense, but I don't want to make a career out of doing it.
I didn't believe you, but I looked it up.
If there is nothing else you can see yourself doing, then you should do it.
This guy makes a good point. RVTs can make a decent living, and the program is not very expensive. They do a lot of hands on work; more than the actual doctors.
Personally, I could never work with pets because of the owners. I used to volunteer with pets, and the things you hear people say/do is infuriating.
>Oh, if my dog misbehaves I'll just hit him
>Whats the best vegan diet for my dog?
>I want to adopt this kitten, and then give it away when my senior cat dies
>oh he doesn't need to see a vet, he's just depressed (dog dies a month later)
>He only likes hotdogs, so thats all I feed him
Whether your an RVT or vet, be prepared to tactfully explain to people why what they are doing is bat shit insane and killing their pets.