According to an article in JAVMA, 2007 private practice starting salaries are around $58-60k, except Equine which is around $40k. Equine has historically had lower starting salaries, but they come up to par with experience.
JAVMA, Vol 233, No. 6, September 15, 2008
thanks a lot for the replies.. what do you guys think of the average debt, after veterinary school, from loans etc..
It's frightening as all get out. Our tuition costs are more or less identical, but our income potential is awful. Our ratio of education to income is the worst of about any profession. Even the highest paid boarded speciality (veterinary nutritionists) average only 200K, and that's mostly because there is so few of them (~50 in the world, give or take) and many of them work for industry. Boarded surgeons average 180K and IM is 150K. As bad as I feel for the community practice guys and gals who make "only" 150K a year, our average debt load is pretty much the same, but our income for a community practice veterinary doctor is half.
Then they say, well, you don't have to pay nearly as much for insurance and malpractice! Unfortunately, if we go from ownership to "guardianship" like we may be headed and people can threaten to sue for damages like in human medicine, that will no longer be the case. Plus it will price veterinary care out of many regular Americans' hands, as only a small minority are insured with pet insurance. And then there's the pet insurance. God help us if we get sucked into the managed care route. That's precisely why I being pre-med in the first place!
Yikes. I work at a biotech/pharma company and after all of the animal handling work that I do on the job, I was considering that a veternairy degree would be something worth pursuing. Vets actually play an important role with respect to laboratory animal testing, and from what the vet at my company said, lab animal vets are in short supply and the demand for them is steady and strong. She also indicated that the pay was pretty good. I didn't get into figures but I figured I would ask here - does anybody know a vet who is working in the drug industry? Can you describe their role? Do you know what they make?
Also, I'm extremely wary of taking on loads and loads of debt via the education route. I've seen people go to different schools, either not make it or not get the job they intended to when they got out. They are saddled with debt and can barely do anything aside from work to pay it off. If any vets on here (the seasoned ones) can share how they have handled their massive debts, it would be helpful.
If you are truly interested in lab animal medicine, I wouldn't hesitate to go to vet school. The debt can be significant but there is a tremendous shortage in this area. Recent data shows the average salary for vets in industry is about $160,000 - and you can pretty much pick where you want to live. Some places will require a residency (3 years after vet school (I think)) so it might be 7 years from the time of starting vet school until you're in a position to make the big money.
Where did you get that $160K figure?
I think you have to compete for a lab animal residency (and the match rates for vet residencies in aggregate is about 60%) which may also require you to do an internship prior to that. Only the top like 2/5th of the graduating class pursue them as well (lots of self-selection) so you can see how tough it is. There may be a shortage of lab animal vets precisely because there aren't enough residencies to provide adequate training.
Were you pre-pharm at some point? I think if you're looking for career advancement in a pharmaceutical/biotech company you'll be much better off taking a risk and going to a top phD program.
Maybe that was the case where you did your research, but that is not always the case.Instead of being able to practice medicine, it's cull cull cull.
Now that is just silly, we would seperate and treat, unless the sore was so bad it was inhumaneThat'd be a bit of a downer for me after a while, and I say this having done 4 years of research on animals and that's what it was like in our lab. Female gets a sore from cage mate's barbering? Cull.
Only cull moribund animals, otherwise dry and warm them upThe box of a female with her litter gets flooded by a leaky water bottle? Cull.
No, separate them.A male gets fight wounds from a cage mate? Cull both.