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Help The Vet Has Only Given Our Horse 24 Hours......?
My Daughters 8 Year Old Horse Fell Ill Tuesday. We Rushed Him To The Vet. He Was Shifting All His Weight To His Hind Legs And Was Extremely Stiff. The Vet First Said It Looked Like He Founder But The Coffin Bone Was Still Attached. So We Treated Him For Foundering. Now This Morning He Started To Paw At The Ground And He Is Bloated. He Shows Signs Of Cramping And He Is Passing Black Stools That Look Like Black Mulch. We Have Treated Him For Colicing But Not Successful So Far. The Bowels Are Moving So It Is Not At Twisted Gut. Please No Matter How Small You Think It Might Be Please Let Us Know.

Either take him to a veterinary hospital or put him down now.

As good as the local vet is, he's not a specialist and doesn't have the equipment or skills to save this horse. You're just prolonging the inevitable, and the horse is hurting. If you cannot control the pain (and if he's pawing you're not!) you really must act.

I recently lost my daughter's horse due to colic. On necropsy, they discovered a pin head sized hole in his stomach which had leaked into his abdomen, causing peritonitis. No one can even guess how he got it, as there was nothing there to have caused it.

Sometimes, we never find out what was wrong, or what caused it, but still have to do the hard thing for the sake of the horse.

I'm sorry for your (coming) loss.

Are There Any Emergancy 24 Hour Vets In The Usa?
I'm Curious. Here In The Uk, Regardless Of The Opening Times Of Out Vets, We Know We Can Ring Them And Get An Emergancy Number To Call For Out Of Hours Appointments To Get Our Pets Seen Straight Away. Do You Have The Same System In The Us? I've Seen So Many Posts That Say "The Vets Isn't Open". Does This Mean That There Isn't Anything You Can Do? Now, I Don't Agree With A Certain Something That Goes On In The Us (Declawing) But I Don't Think That The Us Government Or Animal Associations Would Be Cruel Enough Not To Allow Pets To Be Seen Unless It's Between The Hours Of 9Am And 5Pm. Someone, Please Clear It Up For Me!

My vet clinic has 4 different vets. There is an apartment in the clinic and someone stays there 24/7. I live in a small rural area in the US. I think lots of times that's a cop out on here. People want free advice so they play the "vet isn't open" card and don't realize we aren't vets and could give them wrong info. Before I let my cat suffer or die in an emergency situation, I would call the vets at home. Every one has their name listed on their clinic ad in the Yellow Pages and their home number isn't hard to find. There's just really no excuse for not getting to a vet for an emergency.

How Much Would It Cost To Check If My Cat Is Pregnant At A Vet Clinic?

If a veterinary exam alone, which includes (or should) a physical costs more than $30, they are ripping you off. A physical can determine whether the cat is pregnant or not. If an X-ray is need, one plate of x-ray each should cost no more than $80. I've been to many clinics, including trusted good ones with affordable prices.

Any Vets In The House? Sick Cat!?
I Have A Cat And Will Admit That She Is 21 Yrs Old... But She Has Done Very Well Up Until A Few Days Ago. Just 3 Days Ago, She Was Running Around, Jumping Up On Things And Me, Looking For Affection. But 2 Days Ago, All Of A Sudden, I Noticed She Got Really Skinny In That Quick Of Time. I Mean She Was Very Thin Anyway... But Now She Is Skin And Bones! Lacks Energy And Refuses To Eat, Though I Force Lamb Flavored Baby Food Into Her Mouth With A Syringe. She Does Drink Water. She Loves Tuna And Now When I Give Her A Little On A Plate, She Sniffs It For A Second And Walks Away. I Have Never Witnessed This! She Does Look Sick. But How Could She Have Just Up And Lost Weight And Look Deathly Sick In 3 Days??? I Am Floored... Yet I Am Hating Life Right Now As I Have Had Her Since She Was 9 Weeks Old. She Is My Baby! What'S Going On Here??

I'm so sorry :( Chances are she is severely dehydrated. I had a cat who lived to be 27 which was unbelievable to me. He went thru a few spells where I thought he wasn't gonna make it. It was hard to find a vet who wanted to help me becuase most just brushed it off and said he was old, and wanted to put him to sleep.

I'm gonna guess that renal failure could be the culprit. And your cat is severely dehydrated.

Your cat needs a vet to give it fluids thru IV if nothing else.

I'm not a vet though, so I can't say for sure. I can only go off of experience with a geriatric kitty. I wish you the best of luck. Theres nothing wrong with letting nature run its course if it is time for your cat to go. Don't let any vet bully you around .They can be so cruel sometimes.

Marine Mammal Veterinarian.?
I'M A Senior In High School. I Would Really Like To Become A Mmv, What Is Necessary In Going About This?

To become a Marine Mammal Veterinarian, you need as much experience working with animals, or vets, as you can (marine mammals, if you can. try volunteering at a marine mammal stranding center); go to college to take care of pre-vet requirements; go to vet school (one that at least has a teaching hospital for exotic animals, and/or one that has a residency/internship/externship with marine mammals); after vet school see about an internship, get an advanced degree, or find a job.

I hope the links below will be helpful.
How to become a marine mammal veterinarian:
To become a marine mammal veterinarian, follow the basic curriculum and schooling of other veterinarians, but try to gain practical experience with marine mammals by volunteering at an oceanarium or zoo. A few veterinary schools are developing specialized course work in the area of exotic animal medicine, including marine mammals. For more information, contact the American Veterinary Medical Association and the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine.
How Do I Get Into Aquatic Animal Medicine?
Advice and words of wisdom compiled and adapted from various responses by various IAAAM Board Members…

Welcome to the wonderful world of aquatic animal medicine! Just by asking your question you have joined a diverse group of people with interests in better understanding and caring for the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and ponds that cover over 70% of our globe’s surface and the countless creatures that inhabit them. Humankind has left tire tracks on the planet Mars in our search for water- - the most essential nutrient. And the Hubble telescope has given us glimpses of the far reaches of space and time- - but we have yet to visit the deepest realms of the earth’s most precious aquatic environs. So keep asking those questions and enjoy the ride. Even the Hubble has been visited by an IAAAM member - a marine mammal veterinarian turned astronaut. Who knows where the journey may take you?

Unfortunately, there probably is no straight-forward or typical answer to achieving a career in aquatic or marine mammal medicine. First, no veterinary college has a comprehensive program for specializing in aquatic or marine mammal medicine. Most veterinary colleges (which is typically four years of dog, cat, cow, and horse medicine) sometimes have a sprinkling of non-domestic species classes that may include poultry, pet birds, lab animals, pocket pets, amphibians, reptiles, fish and sometimes marine mammals. After graduation the options are numerous, and include additional graduate work in fish or marine mammal medicine, private practice, or even a job at a facility with aquatic animals (though rarely does a new veterinary graduate get this type of position right away).

Another option is to gain a year or two of hands-on private practice, and then apply for one of the internships in aquatic medicine that are available at a variety of facilities across the country. These include internships at places such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore (marine mammal, amphibians and fish), Mystic Aquarium (marine mammal and fish), Florida Aquarium (marine mammal and fish), The California Marine Mammal Center (all marine mammal), Delta Extension and Research Center (mainly catfish), or Prince Edward Island University in Canada (mostly fish and shellfish), etc.

In the mean time, we would suggest that you get as much education and practical experience along the way as possible. This might involve volunteering at aquariums, rehabilitation facilities, research labs, or aquatic animal facilities.

Finally, you may find useful the following publication put out by the U.S. Government (in print and on the Web) which gives lots of information on the future of particular careers and includes salary projections. Keep in mind that there will be listings for generic titles such as marine biologist or veterinarian, but very specific titles are not listed. This resource is usually kept in the Reference collection of all libraries. It's called the "Occupational Outlook Handbook". The Web version (and a quarterly update) is located at
Q. I am researching a career in marine veterinary medicine. I was wondering if you have any information on this career?

A. The field of marine or aquatic veterinary science is certainly an exciting and growing field! We are in the process of profiling an aquatic vet on our website. Check out the following links to explore more about the field, colleges that offer programs to prepare students for this field, and professional organizations for aquatic veterinarians.

If you wish to do your own web searches, I'm sure you'll find even more sites. Search for veterinary science or aquatic animals science.

Cornell University’s Aquavet Program

Publication: "Strategies for Pursuing a Career in Marine Mammal Science"

Association of Zoos and Aquaria

University of Maine

Auburn University

Tufts University (listing of cooperative programs in veterinary science)

University of California, Davis

Yale University

General Info.

Why Become A Veterinarian?
I Mean, What Are Some Good Reasons To Become A Vet? Besides Being Around Animals All Day, What Are Some Other Advantages Of Being A Vet? Do You Get Good Hours? Do You Get To Work With Others, Or On Your Own? Also, How Much Money Do They Make?
What are the Pluses and Minuses of a Veterinary Career?

The pluses and minuses of a veterinary career vary. They depend on the stage of a veterinarian's career, the type of practice, and the veterinarian's likes and dislikes. The primary reward for all veterinarians is the personal satisfaction in knowing that they are improving the quality of life for animals and people.

Veterinarians who are employed by government agencies, laboratories, colleges, and commercial firms often have responsibility for large health programs and may manage large numbers of people.

Most veterinarians work in private clinical practice, which has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Veterinarians in private clinical practice gain satisfaction from helping owners keep their animals well and from treating sick and injured animals.

Veterinarians in private practice serve a variety of animals. This is especially true in companion animal practice because of the increased popularity of pet birds, small mammals (e.g., hamsters, gerbils), and fish. Today, a veterinarian may be treating llamas, catfish, or ostriches as well as cats, dogs, horses, cows, hogs, sheep, and goats.

Veterinarians usually treat companion and food animals in hospitals and clinics. Those in large animal practice also work out of well-equipped trucks or cars, and may drive considerable distances to farms and ranches. They may work outdoors in all kinds of weather. The chief risk for veterinarians is injury by animals; however, modern tranquilizers and technology have made it much easier for veterinarians to work on all types of animals.

Most veterinarians work 50 or more hours a week; however, about a fifth work 40 hours a week. Although those in private practice may work nights and weekends, the increased number of emergency clinics has reduced the amount of time private practitioners must be on call. Large animal practitioners tend to work more irregular hours than do those in small animal practice, industry, or government. Veterinarians who are just starting a practice tend to work longer hours.

Private clinical practitioners who own their own practices determine the nature of their practice and set their working hours. Because they are self-employed, most private clinical practitioners choose to work beyond normal retirement age.
Q. What inspired you to become a veterinarian?

A. I decided to become a veterinarian in the seventh grade. Although I have always been a small-animal practitioner, I grew up on a dairy farm where I helped care for our cows and calves. I helped with milking the cows morning and night. We also raised sheep, and always had dogs and cats on the farm. I participated in 4-H and FFA, and exhibited my cattle and sheep at the county and state fairs.

I was impressed with the skill of the veterinarians who came to our farm to treat our animals. Sometimes we would have a cow that was down and could not get up. The veterinarian would give a bottle of intravenous fluids and almost immediately the cow would rise to her feet. Another cow may be having difficulty giving birth to a calf. With a little help from the veterinarian the cow would soon deliver a newborn calf.

I remember the veterinarian coming when needed, no matter what time of day or night. I was also impressed with how much care and concern they had for the animals.

Q. What has been your funniest case?

A. I have always been amused when some of my dog patients eagerly, and with a great deal of excitement, come into the examination room and promptly jump right up on the examination table.

Q. What is the greatest challenge of being a veterinarian?

A. Communicating effectively with the owner of an animal is the greatest challenge for a veterinarian. It is particularly difficult when the animal has a life-threatening disease or injury. It is important for the owner to understand what is going on with the condition and what the various options are for treatment. It becomes even more challenging when there is no effective treatment option available.

Q. What is the biggest reward of being a veterinarian?

A. The greatest reward for me as a veterinarian is being able to help both animals and people. It has been particularly meaningful when I have been able to save the life of a pet, not only for the sake of the animal, but also for the sake of the owner. My actions may save and extend the human-animal relationship, which means so much to both.

I vividly recall Sarge, a brown and black German shepherd, whose severely fractured leg I surgically repaired, or the turtle whose broken shell I wired back together. The owners of both of these animals were extremely happy that their pets were saved.
What are some advantages and disadvantages of the veterinary profession?

The advantages of the field is that you are helping our animal friends live better lives or if you are in the research field you are helping us find cures for people and animals.
The disadvantage is that even with medicines you can't always help them and in some research, animals may have to used to test the effects of new drugs so that other animals and people do not have to suffer.
There is also one aspect that is rarely covered in school and that is the business part of any career. Private clinical practice is especially stressful because of the investment in equipment, medicines and more, so a strong grasp of business concepts are helpful. Other fields rely on grants which is also stressful, so good communication skills are needed too.
What do you like most about becoming a veterinarian?

That would most definitely be the fact that my job is working with animals that I love. Looking after them and seeing the happy faces of owners and pets alike is the most rewarding thing about being a veterinarian.
Rewards come in various forms, and not just cash.

National surveys show that being a veterinarian is one of the most fulfilling careers. Knowing you are serving both animal and human wellbeing is a major benefit that few careers offer. It's a career you can be proud of, and enjoy doing throughout your working life.

The pay isn't bad either. In 2006, salaries for Iowa State graduates in veterinary medicine averaged $58,500.
Veterinarians work long hours during their job. They normally work sixty hours at week. If they work as solo practitioners, they can work weekends. That is the schedule of a veterinarian.

A veterinarian earns a pretty good salary. The normal earning for when they start their job is $35,800 a year. As they gain experience, their salary moves the average $66,590 a year. Finally, their ultimate salary can be $118,430 a year. That is the earning of this job.
The salary for research veterinarians in various areas is as follows:
Average in Academia (medical schools/universities): $98,329 per year
Average in Industry (pharmaceutical/biotech): $116,866 per year
Average in the Federal Government: $82,494 per year
Average in Uniformed Services: $78,233 per year
Average in the Nonfederal Government: $66,885 per year
Average for Others (self-employed, consultants): $101,290 per year

The typical salary range of a clinical veterinarian is between $35,807 and $76,655 per year, with a median annual salary of $59,038.

Note: All the above data originally was provided by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1994 and was escalated to reflect 2002 dollars.

The average salary for American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine-certified laboratory animal veterinarians varies based on place of employment as is as follows:
Average in Academia (colleges/universities): $154,103
Average in Research Industry: $193,388
Average in Government: $146,974
Average in Hospitals/Nonprofit Organizations: $163,849

These figures are based on the 2005 Salary Survey of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians conducted by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners and have been adjusted for inflation.