I'm toying with the idea of going back to uni to do vet science. But I'm 31 so would be done till at least 36. Do you think that's too old to get started in the industry? If I did do it, it be keen to maybe be a country/large animal vet.
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13-08-2012 21:13 #1
Any vets out there?
Last edited by Clementine Grace; 13-08-2012 at 21:32.
13-08-2012 21:29 #2
I did 3 years of the degree, then changed to nursing. There were plenty of mature age students in the course, some older than 36 at the start... So no def not too old!
It is a very challenging and stimulating course, and leads to a rewarding job.
However, it is a career you have to pretty much marry. Kiss goodbye to any life you currently have. Be prepared to miss out on childrens sporting events etc. I wouldnt recommend vet to anyone, let alone to anyone who has/is planning on having kids one day. I left the degree because i decided family was more important than work. The degree is time comsuming, and after you grad your on call etc fairly regularly depending on the clinic, and always still studying/learning after work...
Despite popular belief, vets do not earn good money. You have to be out with years of experience (think at least 4-6yrs after grad) to earn well, and/or buy into a practice (which you can do even if your not a vet and interested in investing in something like that).
Hmm.. Perhaps im not a good person to answer this thread... I hope someone with a more positive view of the industry answers too, to.balance it out!
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13-08-2012 21:37 #3
Thanks for the response! I worked at a vets and the RSPCA all through uni as an animal technician and i know the lifestyle is tough.
I've done a science degree so thought I might be able to track some of the courses.
You are right about it being all consuming though which is why I have my doubts because we are ttc through ivf, and I'm thinking of giving up work for awhile. I thought I could try the first year and see how I go. I know it would be a tough course.
13-08-2012 21:51 #4
I say go for it! I started a pre-veterinary course at 16, and my grandfather finished his degree at 58, so there's no too young or too old!
My greatest piece of advice is LEARN. Don't take what is in your textbooks as gospel; especially if it involves diet, behaviour or breeding. Join as many different specialist forums as you can. Dogzonline for dogs, cat-world for cats, Australian Rat and Mouse Forum for rodents..find rabbit and bird and horse forums. Read the experiences and advice of others who may know better than you; and absorb it. Always do your own research! If your teacher tells you something, question it. Ask WHY. Ask HOW. And if it doesn't sound right...search for an alternative. Don't accept "Because my teacher told me", learn for yourself as well as from your books.
That's what makes a good vet, in my opinion.
Don't be another Bondi Vet; useless parroting nonce that he is.
You don't make much money, no. But if it's your calling, the money won't matter.
I loved it, it was my joy and my dream. I happily went to work early and came home late. I had to choose family; it was simply the better choice at the time.
13-08-2012 22:06 #5
Thanks so much for the advice tough love
I wouldn't be doing it for the money, I know it's not a glamourous job. I nearly did it out of high school but did enviro science instead to work with threatened species. I miss the getting dirty part of working with animals, and I am fascinated with the science of it all.
My dp and I were always planning on having a big family, but we will be extremely lucky if we have one kid now, so I might end up with more time for a new career down the track.
Will you go back to it after your family have grown up?
13-08-2012 22:33 #6
If we couldn't have children, I'd never have left.
I think the dirty bits are the best. Saving a life is awesome, even if it's "only" an animal's life.
If you're willing to learn, not afraid of blood, and love animals (and not in the "oo i just lurve fluffy puppiez!" way), you're already ahead of the class.
13-08-2012 23:18 #7
This is something I too am interested in but have no idea how to get into it. When I was 7, as a part of school we had to make an autobiography. Mine said I was a country vet (who also had Tigers). It is something I would love to pursue in the future.
14-08-2012 05:47 #8
Not a vet, but when I was 19 I did a course in animal care while doing volunteer work at the RSPCA, which now at 25 I'm looking at following further to become an animal attendant. I'm pretty excited to start studying again and to have decided on a career I am happy in. Don't think I could become a vet though as others have said very full on.
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