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Do we got any vets in here? Anybody know one?
I'm working toward my Associates in Biology and I am curious as to what's the best career path for a vet or assistant.
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>>2317684

UK vet student here), I'm afraid I can't answer any specific questions about US qualifications, but I can offer some generalised advice.

Have you started work experience yet? Are you currently working at a vets?
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>>2317708
No, I haven't decided on a path yet, just gathering information and advice before I choose a field. What kind of degrees do you need over there? Are you working yet?
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>>2317708
I'm taking microbiology right now and lab work is really engaging for me as well. But you don't bump into lab technicians very often so unfortunately I don't know much about local employers.

Organisms are so goddamn amazing though I know I want to study them for the rest of my life.
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>>2317719

Over here you do veterinary medicine as an undergraduate, so it's a bit different.

The reason why I mentioned work experience is that veterinary medicine is an EXTREMELY competitive field. Prior to applying most students will have hundreds of hours working in a mixture of small/large/equine practice along with farm/other animal related work experience- this is alongside a high GPA.

Work experience not only shows that you know what the job entails, but gives you a chance to see the job firsthand before you get into University. It's not all fluffy animals, it's hard work, antisocial hours and you get to meet some of the most idiotic owners in the world.

Personally, before I got into vet school I had 30 weeks work experience doing a mixture of large animal vets, small animal vets, farms (dairy, pigs, poultry and sheep), lab work, stables and wildlife work.
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>>2317719

Sorry, realised I didn't fully answer your question. As for working- we do rotations in our last year that involves cycling around different veterinary practices (everything from smallies to specialisms), but the practice that I have been attending since before veterinary school has offered me a job once I graduate. It'll be mixed practice, working 70% large, 30% small animal- aka a dream for me!

As for qualifications prior to vet school, we do a qualification called an A-level, where I did biology/chemistry/physics/math and achieved AAAA. Everyone at vet school will have gotten ridiculously high grades, in the UK your application doesn't even get looked for interview consideration at if you don't have the grades.
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>>2317727
How was the large animal work? I have considered doing that, I figure there would be money in it due to large farms and shit. Do most of the practitioners over there own their own practices or are there some employed directly by large farms?
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>>2317733

I love the large animal work. In the UK we have large animal practices, equine practices and small animal practices. Plus of course mixed practices which can be a mixture of any of the three.

Typically you are hired by a veterinary practice, and large farms use a particular veterinary practice. It isn't common over here to be employed directly by a large farm.

However, if you want money, you are looking at the wrong field. US debt for veterinary graduates is absolutely crippling, and we do not even make half as much as our doctor counterparts. Do veterinary because you love veterinary medicine, not for the money- you'll be extremely disappointed if you do it for the latter!
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>>2317734
Say I made a compromise and just went to be a veterinary technician instead of a full doctorate. How much education would you need in the UK?
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>>2317737

Vet nurses (aka technicians) over here can either undertake a degree (3 years), which could possibly be fast tracked through dependent on previous qualifications, or they undertake a degree qualification whilst working within a practice. (A few of our nurses in the smallies clinic I worked to went down this route, they spent 4 days in the clinic with 1 day at University.) I believe that took a bit longer, between 3-5 years if I remember rightly when I last looked into it.

It really depends on what you want to do though, I'd really suggest calling your local vets and asking if you can go in to shadow them. Spend a few days following the doctors and the techs- that way you can make your mind up for yourself if the job really is for you.

Mind, a veterinary degree is also an open doorway to quite a few other jobs. Many vets won't go into practice, some will wind up in research, public health or even working with government associations.
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I'm a preprogram Vet Tech student myself.
I plan on eventually getting out of domestics and entering wildlife rehabilitation once I'm in a point of my life where I don't mind a salary cut.
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>>2317684
I got a bio degree. Ended up having to work in a factory because I couldn't get anything else. It sucked. 13 hour shifts are not what I envisioned doing. I should've gone to trade school and been an electrician or something useful.
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I didn't want to make another thread for this, but are there people associated with zoology or marine biology in here? I've realized that working and studying animals like that is probably the most comfortable thing for me to make a career out of, and I've become very interested in it, but I'm not sure where to start in regards to finding a good college for it and what courses would be involved besides chem and calc.
I lean back and forth between wanting to study the abyss and wanting to work in a zoo, I'd even be fine with shoveling elephant shit if it meant having a small apartment to myself.
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