So Ive decided to start a track towards becoming a Vet. I understand it will probly take someone like me (with a GED) 10+ years before Im done with school. Ive read that Im going to need a lot of animal background to be eligible. Many Volunteer hours ahead of me. I was also reading there is a mass shortage of vets in the large animal feild. Most everyone is dogs and cats now. Farm animals is what I wanted to do anyways. Horses, Cows, Llamas, goats.. Well my son wont be going to school for another 2-3 years. I thought I could get a lot of volunteer hours in on the weekends. I have to have hours at a animal care facility. Question is what is considered an animal care facility for horses, cows, etc. I know dogs and cats would be Animal Control and vet offices but if Im going into the farm animal feild how do I find places that would count towards volunteer hours? I know that its going to take a lot of chemestry, biology, etc to get there and Im not so good with such things if I am hurried through it. It took me twice to do Chem but came out with almost an A the 2nd time and Biology came out with a D in HS but on my GED I was in the 98 percentile rank for science.. The community college next to my house offers vet tech classes. Cool and all but they dont get paid much and dont ever really move up the pay scale.. Well I was wondering while Im getting all these volunteer hours done if I cant just take some Biology and Chem classes to help freshen me up. Did I mention the Vet school I would be attending would be UGA. Ughh. They are very very hard to get into. My GED scorse look very good but I dont think this does anything for my GPA which was pretty low at one point in HS. Dont know what it was when I withdrew.. How do I work up my GPA? If I go ahead and get my Vet Tech degree will that help any in the 4 years of normal college or 4 years of vet med or will it look good to UGA? The four years I have to take of normal college can or can not be done at a community college?