Vet school

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by lfoose, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. lfoose

    lfoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Medina, OH
    I have found that BYC members are pretty good at giving me ideas and opinions so I am looking for it again.

    I have always wanted to have another job/career to fall back on and I decided that once things settle down and my daughter is older, I'd like to go back to school part time for something. I thought about Financial Planning but I have a degree in Accounting and want to do something different from numbers. I love animals and part of me has always wanted to be a Vet. The other part of me is the sickness and death aspect. I'd end up with millions of animals and doing work for free. But, I think I'd enjoy the education in that field and if I ever need to find something else to do, I'll have that to fall back on.

    And in all honesty, I am one of those weirdos that really enjoys a structured education and I kind of miss school.

    Your thoughts and ideas?
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    If I were you, I wouldn't hesitate to go back to school. I just read about an 85 year old that graduated college. It's never too late. I say go for it!!
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I think you should do it!! Go for it!! [​IMG]
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    lfoose, I've heard that vet school is even more rigorous than human med school. I mean, extremely taxing. If you enjoy reading, I would suggest going to the animal section in your library and getting a few books on the veterinarian school and career. I've read several, but can't think of the names of them...
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    You say you enjoy school, but how about the tuition bills that would come with it? We have a very good vet school here in Kansas, but I've heard it's kind of tough to get into...especially if you're not an in state student. What about vet tech school? Would be less years of school and cheaper to obtain your degree.
  6. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Go for it! Vet school is very hard but if its something you want to do then do it. Just a suggestion..start applying for all kinds of scholarships just search at your library and online, it will save you tons of money.
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    It takes 8 years as a full time student, but if you can invest the time I say go for it.
  8. TurtleChick

    TurtleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2007
    Tacoma, WA
    i say go for it, too - and if you're daunted by the number of years (and ginormous tuition bills when you're done), i agree with the poster who suggested vet tech school. i was a vet tech for years, LOVED it some days, HATED it some days. but always loved the animals. i can definitely say, though - you're not going to get rich, either as a vet (unless you go into a specialty, and that = more school and even higher tuition) or a vet tech. but it's rewarding in it's own way.

    good luck!!!!!
  9. yearofthedog

    yearofthedog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2007
    I'm agreeing with Katy, vet tech school is just as satisfying, takes less time and money and can possibly help you get into vet school later.
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Go back! Have fun! I'm a school loving psycho though... first 13 years + 4 in engineering and now working on the 6 for a PhD.....

    I considered vet school at one time but decided against it for a few reasons.

    1) I love working with animals, BUT animals come with owners, and you have to deal with upset owners for 90% of the time.

    2) Biosecurity reasons depending on the vet field you get into. I want my own animals, and if I deal with so many sick ones all over, I risk my own. If you work in industry with poultry, you are required to have no small flock contact.

    3) The big $$$. I would come out of it wtih too much debt and went for the research route where they pay me to go to school.

    4) The type of students I'd have to be working wtih. Vet school is more competitive than med school due to fewer schools in the country that have certified programs. There are a good number of back stabbing, grade grabbing, slide uner the table students in pre vet/pre med, and it really does take away from the experience. So that's why I went down the resarch path instead.

    Take the leap if you can and enjoy! It's NEVER too late to do something!!!

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