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A Question About A Veterinarian?
When I Grow Up I Wanna Be A Vet Because I Love Animals And I Wanna Help Them. When I Got To College And Do My Classes To Become One, Do I Have To Write A 1000 Page Paper??? My Brother Is In College And He Said Certain Majors Have To Write 1000 Pages Or Something Like That. So Would A Vet Have To Write A Humungo Paper??? Please Answer! Thanks:P
1,000 pages is an exaggeration, but If you go to college expect to write a long paper at the end of your college career regardless of you're major. There are very few majors that do not require the students to write a huge paper at the end of term, and the longer you're in college studying for your degree the longer you can generally expect that essay to be.
Working towards a degree to become a veterinarian you should be expecting to write a long essay at the end, for exactly how many pages that will depend on your school and professors. If that's what you want to do though then go do it, by the time you're done you'll have more than enough to write a book and doing the essay will be nothing.
I Need Information About Veterinarian?
If A Real Veterinarian Answer My Question, It Would Be Great. However, If Anyone Knows About This Job Very Well, It Would Be Great, Too!!!
Please Give Me Accurate Answer
(I Want The General Veterinarian Or Popular One)
- Salary (Starting, Average And High Salary)
- Education Required
- Growth Rate
- Job Security
- Work Time (Hours) Required
- Stress, Other Extraordinary Work Conditions
- Fringe/Other Benefits
- Things That You Feel Are Positive/Negative About The Career
- Type Of Person Is Right For This Career
- Why You Want To Pursue This Career
Salary: Starting (assuming you're not doing an internship or residency) = $60,000.
Average overall = $105,000
Average for internships/residencies = $25,000
The high is more difficult because it greatly depends on whether or not you've specialized and whether or not you're an associate or a clinic owner. Owners and specialists will make more, generally on the order of $200,000. Associates will typically be less and stay closer to the average.
Education: Minimum of 6 years. 2-4 years of undergraduate work (most people do 4) and 4 years of vet school. Internships and residencies are required if you want to be a board certified specialist, but only 1% of vet students go onto a residency.
Growth rate: Veterinarians are in demand right now. Especially in food animal medicine and public health areas. Growth rates look good as people are spending more and more on their pets. Zoonotic diseases are becoming more of a concern which opens up more jobs for veterinarians in government and military positions.
Job security: Also very good. Animals will continue to need vaccinations, and treatment in the future. Additionally, as I mentioned before, the jobs in public health areas are only growing, not going away.
Hours required: It depends on what area you've gone into. Most large/mixed animal practitioners who work out in the country are on call 24/7. Practice owners normally set their own hours. Associates typically work 45+ hours/week with Saturdays very common. If you work in industry or government, it'll be closer to 40 hour weeks with no Saturday work. But, for some of the government positions you might have to ship out at a moment's notice to deal with contagious disease outbreaks or similar emergencies. If you work in academia, you'll have a shorter work day as well, but many of them do stay longer, or come back in the evenings to help students with review sessions and questions. I've even had one professor hold a Saturday review session and they're usually in their offices on Saturdays catching up or grading.
Stress: It can be stressful, you're basically in charge of an animals life. When you're doing surgeries, treating diseases or even simple vaccinations, their care is in your hands. If something goes wrong it can be stressful. You also have to deal with stubborn owners, cruel owners, or just plain stupid owners. You'll have to deal with people wanting to put animals to sleep simply because they bark too much or shed too much. Other extraordinary working conditions on the large animal side, often times you're out pulling a calf in the snow or rain or out there in the heat in the summer. There's also a lot of heavy lifting, potentially dangerous chemicals and exposure to potential zoonotic diseases like rabies.
Benefits: You're a respected member of the community, you get discounts on dog food, lots of free stuff from drug companies including heartwork preventative, flea and tick preventative. Discounts on surgeries, medications and vaccinations. Often times free bording while you're on vacation.
Travel: Veterinarians have a lot of potential to travel, depending on the area you go into. Even small animal clinicians get to go to conferences every year (there's on in Vegas every year). If you're on the public health side you'll get to travel all over the country responding to/investigating possible threats and outbreaks. There is a program called vets without borders that lets you volunteer your time oversees. Many other areas send you all over the country to lecture to various groups including other veterinarians, veterinary students, medical doctors or the general public.
Positive: You can pretty much do anything you want with this degree. It's a fascinating field that keeps expanding as we're discovering new things. There's huge potential for growth and your salary isn't as bad as people seem to believe it is. You get to help animals.
Negative: There's always those pesky owners, like I mentioned before that don't follow your recommendations. Refuse vaccinations or tests and then get mad when there dogs keeps getting sicker. They complain they have no money for X-rays of poor fluffy's chest, but then they drive away in a brand new BMW. There is a lot of schooling to go through and it's very difficult to get accepted. It's also very expensive. The average 2008 graduate, graduated with $130,000 in student loan debt.
Type of person: You need to like animals as well as people. You need to be comfortable with science and medicine. You need to be ok with blood, and other bodily fluids. You need to be ok with dissecting animals (in school) and most of the commonly performed procedures (spay, neuter, declaw). You have to be able to analyze a lot of information, pick out what's relavent and discard the rest. You have to have good people skills both for dealing with clients, but also technicians, receptionists, assistant and other
Giving Dogs Medicine?
I Was Using American Cheese To Hide Pills, But I Think My Dog Knows Whats Going On, And He Is Turning His Nose Up At The Cheese Meds.
I Have Also Tried Pill Pockets, But He Is A Picky Eater And Won'T Go For That Either.
Please Post Your Creative Ways To Get Your Dogs To Take Pills. I Still Have 2 More Weeks Of Antibiotics And Allergy Meds That I Have To Give And I Am Running Out Of Ideas!
I have dealt with medicines for years with my dogs. At one point my female beagle had to take 5 pills 3 times a day.
1.Peanut butter generally works
2. or try putting in in wet dog food. Just a tablespoon or so and feed it separate from their meal
3. Their are sauces and other food supplements at the pet store that you can try. Sometimes this works
4. if all fails. put the pill in the dogs mouth. Hold the mouth closed with one hand and massage their neck with the other. Keep doing this until the dog licks its lips to it nose. If a dog does this than you know for sure that it has swallowed the pill.
5. If you act like the pills are special treats, most dogs will start to look forward to them and even remind you when they should be given.
Advantage Flea Medicine For Dogs...?
I Have Never Noticed My Dog Scratching Herself So Much As I Do Now That I Put Her On Advantage This Morning....Could It Be That This Medicine Is Making These Fleas Go Kinda Crazy Before It Kills Them??? Lol....Weird I Know But This Is A Very Serious Question. And Also How Long After The Initial Application Can She Have A Bath??
Some dogs are irritated by topical flea treatments and get itchy. The fleas are also not killed immediately, according to the manufacturer's website:
"Advantage stops biting fleas in three to five minutes and starts to kill adult fleas within an hour after application.1 Within 12 hours of application, 98-100 percent of fleas are dead. "
The product insert isn't clear on when to bathe http://bayer.naccvp.com/view.php?prodnum=1040004, but you can call their customer service line for a definitive answer at :
Customer Service Tel.: 800-633-3796
Customer Service Fax: 800-344-4219
The product is considered water resistant, not waterproof so to be safe a bath before the treatment may be best. For dogs that frequently swim or are bathed, my vet suggested Comfortis (it only protects against fleas).
I'M In High School And I Really Want To Be A Veterinary Technician Or Something Around That Area, Could Anyone Tell Me What Classes I Need To Take, Gpa, Colleges, Stuff Like That.
While in high school take as much science and math as you can. The programs are competitive entry, but you don't need a perfect 4.0 GPA like you would for veterinary school. Take a look at the link below. It is the only program I know of - although there must be others throughout the country.
Veterinary Assistant Job?
Ok I Heard That A Veterinary Assistant Job Requires A High School Diploma Or A Ged But It Does Not Require College.
Is This True?
If It Is True Then What Do I Do? Just Go Into A Vet And Ask For An App. For A Veterinary Assistant?
What you need to understand is that veterinary assistant is kind of an old term. Not all clinics employ "assistants". At some smaller clinics an assistant is kind of a receptionist/technician/kennel worker all rolled into one. It would normally be at 1-2 doctor practices that don't have a large number of animals staying in the kennels and don't have a lot of appointments throughout the day.
Most larger clinics have receptionists, technicians and kennel help, but no one called an assistant. With only a high school degree you would be qualified for kennel help or receptionist. Neither of those require any college education and they would both start out at minimum wage. You could probably work in the kennel if you were still in high school. Technicians do normally have a 2 year degree.
Yes, go to any vet clinic and ask about job openings. You can put that you're interested in a veterinary assistant position, but understand that if they don't have a position called that then they will instead consider you for kennel help or receptionist. If that's not what you're wanting to do, then consider going to tech school.