I've been looking at veterinarian statistics and have found that veterinarians only make around $50,000 starting out of school, not to mention the exorbitant price of veterinarian school. Meanwhile, the appointments are backing up because I’m spending an exorbitant amount of time arguing with a client who cannot accept reality. The forced smiles on our faces to prevent clients from knowing that we just euthanized a pet moments beforehand are painful to put on. The general salary differs between small animal, large, equine, … 10 years in you may peak at "only" $80k IF you're small animal IF it's in a major city IF it's a busy practice. :) The pay is terrible, but as I tell my family; I'd rather have shitty pay and not be in debt while doing something I love than have shitty pay and be more than a quarter of a million dollars in debt that I'll never be able to pay off. You get put into a box and finding opportunities outside of academia to explore the profession is difficult. But if it's what you really want to do, it's not a big deal. I proceed to read more on VIN, check email, and respond to some personal messages that have been in queue for the majority of the day. Do everything you can to reduce that debt ahead of time and really consider if you're going to be ok after school depending on what you want to do (i.e. 9:30am: Finally ready to start surgery. My late husband was a veterinarian, who committed suicide in the ’90s for those and a few other related reasons, not mentioned in the article. I also love ER med and more specifically, anesthesia and analgesia (I hope to obtain my VTS one day). Your next comment could be the one that burns the staff member out (or worse, the vet industry has some awful statistics on that) so they wont be there next time you need them. I run back to my office to grab a sip of water and see a slew of notes stuck to my desk with more clients to call back when I have free time. It would be great if every client showed up on time and no one walked in with an “emergency” (most are not) but turning people away is bad for business, especially when people refuse to pay for the level of care they want. Xrays done, and I call the owner with a prospective plan for the day…the owner failed to answer the phone, so I left a detailed message with my plan and asked the owner to call back to authorize what I had suggested. I have a passion in this career because of the multiple disciplines, and the streams of knowledge that one can possess unlike human doctors. I wish that owners understood that we hate delivering bad news to them in regard to their pet’s prognosis. But another consideration is cost of living in your region. Especially during surgery, but that should be common sense. Battling the cost issue was hard because you often feel like you aren’t doing enough. These are the tough decisions that we as veterinarians have to make. Average student debt is sitting around $150,000 right now. Another thing even though you type fast I bet speech to type would be faster once you get used to it and that you can do while you are doing other things, household chores, driving(carefully). New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. On this particular day, no one was able to reschedule. You’re just plain wrong. Don't become a vet for the pay. Yes, the appts piled up and people chose to wait rather than be rescheduled . I'm leaning towards a vet but wondering if the debt is worth the job. I schedule 20 min appointments in my office (3 per hour per vet) and even then we sometimes get behind. Find your own set of priorities and ethics. If you want to do something you love and don't care that much about money then do it. level 1 AmyF11 I just had a day like this today. If money is the calculation then it is definitely not worth it. Orthopedic surgery to dermatology. We typically don’t have as many appointments in the day vs. a small animal vet because we have to drive and appointments take longer but, the on call is the major problem. I would love to see more articles like yours about being a technician but, I know that vet techs are terrified of losing thier carrier.
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