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What type of vet?

Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by wivet2011, Apr 12, 2007.

What type of vet?

  1. Small

    37 vote(s)
    31.6%
  2. Large

    21 vote(s)
    17.9%
  3. Mixed

    33 vote(s)
    28.2%
  4. Research

    16 vote(s)
    13.7%
  5. Other

    28 vote(s)
    23.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. wivet2011

    wivet2011 2+ Year Member

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  3. AuburnPreVet

    AuburnPreVet AU CVM Class of 2011 5+ Year Member

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    Quote from the article: "the large-animal vets are not as uptight and seem to like what they're doing more."

    This has been my observation as well.

    Edit: Before anyone gets offended - I should add that I plan on going into Small Animal private practice in 100 years or so (after vet school + internship + residency).
     
  4. Emio

    Emio Fudge Bane 7+ Year Member

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    Burn.
     
  5. wivet2011

    wivet2011 2+ Year Member

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    I think the same goes for the clients (at least from my experience).
     
  6. anc84

    anc84 5+ Year Member

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    Depends on what type of large animal- go into equine and I think you might find some pretty uptight horse owners. And understandably so with the investments that some of them are.
     
  7. KittenKiller

    KittenKiller chop suey 7+ Year Member

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    Speaking of types of vet, I was reading an article in DVM magazine at work about the USDA paying off your loans if you go into large animal medicine in underserved areas. Anyone know anything about this?
     
  8. JIKJen124

    JIKJen124 5+ Year Member

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    Equine for me! I aggree with previous statements though... Large animal people (drs., techs, owners) in general tend to be more laid back. Certainly there are exceptions with uptight/high stakes horse owners, but less common than nervous/uptight small animal folks.
     
  9. pressmom

    pressmom Third year! 2+ Year Member

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    So I want to do exotic animal medicine (pets) or small animal or a mix of the two. But what I really want to do is be an anesthesiologist and work on animal pain management. One of the reasons I'm going to TN is that someone there was running a pain management study on beardies when I was there. How cool is that?!?! :cool:
     
  10. texlaevis

    texlaevis 2+ Year Member

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    lab animal medicine :-D at least at this moment...
     
  11. thereservoirdog

    thereservoirdog 7+ Year Member

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    wildlife/zoo medicine. My real goal is to work full time as a zoo vet but that's going to take a loooooong time to accomplish
     
  12. 2011vet

    2011vet 2+ Year Member

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    I'm actually not sure what field I want to work in. For the longest time I wanted to do large animal medicine, especially therio and neonatal care. However, during this past year I have developed an interest in aquatic medicine. Since the two fields are in no way related, I know that I'm eventually going to have to pick one. Unless I can somehow work things out and spend half of my career in one field and the other half in the other field...
     
  13. aggiegolf

    aggiegolf 2+ Year Member

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    Yes. It's the most recent approach to solving the large animal vet shortage. But it's still in the works. Discussions are under way as to what the best way is to recruit people interested in this area.

    And you have to sign a contract that states you will do this for a certain period of time.
     
  14. eventualeventer

    eventualeventer Medical Tire Fire 10+ Year Member

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    Equine. After I get some extra letters after my name (DVM/VMD/BVSc, of course, and ??? DACVIM?).

    I find it interesting that a lot of the stories from small animal people on the worst clients thread are worse and/or more egregiously antisocial than the legends in the practice I work for. As I said, those stories make horse people sound sane and laid back! I've NEVER heard of a horse owner being physically violent. Of course, maybe I've just been lucky. :)

    P.S. That doesn't mean I haven't met a number of equine clients that are so uptight that they would drive you up the wall asking endless, accusatory questions implying that all you care about is making money or that you don't really know *their* Poopsie, who needs extra special care ohanddon'tyouknow he hates stall rest, never mind that he runs like a moron in turnout and is not likely to ever be right again if you don't let his injured tendon/ligament/etc. heal properly.
     
  15. aggiegolf

    aggiegolf 2+ Year Member

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  16. QTkitty

    QTkitty CSU PVM class of 2011 2+ Year Member

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    YAY for straight girls in large animal medicine!!! :p
     
  17. aggiegolf

    aggiegolf 2+ Year Member

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    Whatever, we know you like *****. *Reference to your profile picture* :laugh:
     
  18. philomycus

    philomycus The Tree Rat 7+ Year Member

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    In an oak tree...
    <-- straight chick wanting to do cows...


    Wait! That doesn't sound right! :D
     
  19. aggiegolf

    aggiegolf 2+ Year Member

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    Sounds fascinating to me.
     
  20. Hollycozza

    Hollycozza 5+ Year Member

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    second that!

    Cows and cats for me :D
     
  21. wivet2011

    wivet2011 2+ Year Member

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    I think that makes four of us so far!:clap:
     
  22. FishHick

    FishHick 2+ Year Member

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    <--Five!!:D
     
  23. Emio

    Emio Fudge Bane 7+ Year Member

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    sixseveneightnineteneleventwelvethirteenfourteen.
     
  24. ShelterGirl

    ShelterGirl UC Davis SVM 2012 5+ Year Member

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    Heh heh ... now I feel peer pressured (as a straight girl) to say large animal, but alas I wanna be a small animal and exotics vet ... :)
     
  25. QTkitty

    QTkitty CSU PVM class of 2011 2+ Year Member

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    HAHA I guess you caught me... damn I thought I was so stealthy about covering that up...
     
  26. jeeney

    jeeney Ross SVM c/o 2012 2+ Year Member

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    lab animal vet for me :D
     
  27. Hollycozza

    Hollycozza 5+ Year Member

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    I wonder if there's a lot more jobs with lab animals over there... I can't think of any colleaugues that want to be lab animal vets but I can't think of many places where you could either. Then again, you guys in the US do have 15 times our population, so theres probably a lot more researching going on...
     
  28. jnt179

    jnt179 2+ Year Member

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    What number would I be? 5 or 15? I am straight, female, and wanna work with large animals!!! WooHoo!
     
  29. wildfocus

    wildfocus DVM/PhD student 5+ Year Member

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    i want to work with all sizes of wildlife (from bears, camelids, ungulates down to rodents and voles). so, what does that make me? :confused:
     
  30. TheDuck

    TheDuck Featherbrain 2+ Year Member

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    I definitely want to do either large or small animal surgery. There are things I like about both, but I think part of the thing that attracts me to large animal surgery is the concept of doing a laparotomy on a horse. That has to be insane.
     
  31. RockStarKDub

    RockStarKDub UF CVM Class of 2012! 5+ Year Member

    Hi, everyone! New here. Have been lurking, really looking forward to becoming a part of this board! So far, it seems pretty awesome :)

    I'll be applying to vet school this year, for matriculation in 2008.

    Anyway, if I go into practice, I'd like to be a small animal vet; however, I am really fascinated by/interested in veterinary pathology! Anyone else?
     
  32. TheDuck

    TheDuck Featherbrain 2+ Year Member

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    The only specialty I'm a bit interested in besides surgery is anesthesiology. My friend did anesthesia at UPenn's veterinary hospital; it sounds very cool.
     
  33. winterfire1203

    winterfire1203 VMRCVM Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

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    Sigh. I'm so indecisive. Mixed practice? Public Veterinary Services? We'll see. :)
     
  34. pressmom

    pressmom Third year! 2+ Year Member

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    Yay anesthesiology! It rules! I love the ability to manage animal pain.
     
  35. TheDuck

    TheDuck Featherbrain 2+ Year Member

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    Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a job just doing anesthesia or anesthesia/pain? I'm assuming you'd have to work at a pretty big center.
     
  36. ckitten

    ckitten 2+ Year Member

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    clinical teaching in some specialty... i don't know what. patho sounds really cool to me too but i think i want something more hands-on with actually living animals. i'll have to wait and see.
     
  37. rexosaurus

    rexosaurus CSU PVM c/o 2012 2+ Year Member

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    well, lab animal medicine interests me more everyday. but i always wanted to do zoo surgery (is there even a high enough demand for that?) or pathology, or immunology.... can you all see where this is going?!
     
  38. thelarson

    thelarson MSU Pre-Vet Class of 2010 5+ Year Member

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    Well, my ideal practice would be treating dolphins, horses, and dogs. As that seems an unlikely trio, I am currently considering either zoo/wildlife, equine, or emergency medicine. Right now, leaning towards zoo and wildlife.

    ...although I suppose I could fit all three in if I do mixed practice and then volunteer at a stranding network (during my ample free time, of course...) :p
     
  39. MissBehavior

    MissBehavior Junior Member 2+ Year Member

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    :laugh:

    Hehe, mine would be horses, dogs, turtles and fish. Probably unlikely, too;)
     

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