Hello, I am faced with an extremely difficult decision at the moment. I cannot decide if I should continue on my path towards veterinary school, or if I should instead go to medical school. Ever since I was young, I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Animals (horses in particular) consume my life, and I am extremely dedicated to them. I have been receiving my undergraduate education, but recently I am having doubts. If this was a perfect world, veterinarians would earn a higher salary, and I would have no concerns. See, I am not in this for the money, but money IS important. I want to be able to live a comfortable lifestyle, and I want to be able to enjoy the things I love. Horses are my main passion, and I am an avid competitor. I haul to competitions most weekends, and I am very dedicated to the equestrian sport. I am afraid that I will not have enough time (OR money) to continue to haul/compete and enjoy my OWN horses. I know equine veterinarians do not make much, but I just do not have the passion for small animals. I love medicine, and always have, so I am now considering the (human) medical route. I am good with people and have contributed much time to community service projects. But, my passion is working with animals. I just do not want to have to give up the things that are so important to me.. I know this probably sounds selfish. I should have considered this before I started college, but this kind of thing does not really hit you until you have to start paying for things on your own. In either case (vet med or human med) I plan to specialize in surgery. I will complete my undergraduate studies, go to school (vet or med), and complete several MORE years (at least 4 or 5) to specializing in a surgical field. So, the schooling commitment is not of concern in either case. Although you have long hours in human medicine, the hours are often less than in vet med, especially if you are set up at a clinic where you can share on-call shifts. Anyone been in this situation? What did you decide? I am so puzzled and this is really eating away at me..