Can I make it as a vet or stick with nursing

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Danielle in Ponchatoula, Louisiana

70 months ago

I worked for a vet clinic since highschool. I really liked it and had always wanted to be a vet. I soon moved from kennels to tech. Now I am the only tech on Saturdays. I love it most days. LOL. Anayways I started college very excitied for my future. In my second semester in college, I started getting very bad migranes. The kind that make you sick and vomit. I went through all kinds of test because anurisoms run in my family. I faild classes. I retook them in the summer and passed. The next semester was no better. My Gpa was very low and spirits were crushed. I switched to nursing because the school I would apply to only takes the best grade. I figured I could be a nurse practitioner. I am making good grades and the migranes are under control but now I wish I was still going to be a vet. In order to be a vet, I still would have a year or two until I could even apply to vet school then 4 years of vet school. I am working on three years in college now and I am 21. If I stay in nursing I will have a bachlors in nursing and be a RN in three years. Then I have to go back to get my masters after a year or two of working as a RN (Thats what the programs usually require). The salary for both is around the same. Does anyone have any advice or help to offer.

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K :) in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

Danielle, do whatever it is that you love. You could go either way with this. Since you already seem to know what the RN track is, perhaps I can help with the DVM track. Start at the Assoc. of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' website:

www.aavmc.org/

Find the educational requirements you'd need to get into accredited DVM programs in your area. Go to the schools' websites and take a closer look at their Vet Med departments' pages. Take a good look at what courses you already have and those you'll need. Talk with advisors at your current school and perhaps perspective Vet schools about how to explore your options.

I'm thinking that you could probably finish your bachelor's in nursing and go into a Vet Med program. I'm no expert, but I'm also interested in possibly becoming a DVM...I have a business degree. I've noticed that some Vet schools will accept people with degrees that aren't science-based. I'd be playing with fire as I probably only took 1 or 2 science courses...so I'll probably go back and get another, more science-based degree.

But, YOU: your studies are already based in science, and the Vet Med schools will probably like the fact that you have a nursing background (basically human medicine), because Veterinarians are being recruited into the Medical Research field. Plus, you'll have the versatility of two different fields on your resume. So, like I said, you could probably just get your nursing degree, and apply to Vet Med school. They may want you to take some more courses, but like I said, I think they'll like your background. And about your early grades, you can tell about the migraines and family history of aneurysms and how you got yourself together. That's life experience there, hon, which usually goes on your applications. And you work at a kennel. Sounds good to me!

You're young, so don't rush; but also, don't let your dreams pass you by, so research your options! I wish you the best of luck, Danielle!!

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stacey in Everett, Massachusetts

61 months ago

I think I would make a great vet because I love animals and animals love me.

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Jessy in Howard Beach, New York

9 months ago

GO FOR IT!!!! I am 30 , I'm a nurse and I regret it everyday, that I didn't become a vet and now I feel I have invested to much time to start over. Your young. Don't let anything stop you.If you don't do what you love you'll regret it forever.

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R in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4 months ago

I am about to graduate with a BSN in nursing and I completely regret this decision. I am already dreading the job I haven't even started yet. I've been looking into vet school but have gotten a lot of "words of wisdom" from people saying it's not worth my time or money. I would defiantly have a passion for the work but I'm also terrified of being $200,000 in debt and having no work/life balance. Any words of advice from DVMs out there would be extremely appreciated

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OkieVet in Ada, Oklahoma

4 months ago

My wife is a BSN and made better salary and worked less than I did last year. I've been a vet for 6 years and am taking a job that is going to start me at 60k/year. My new salary is less than the previous location I worked. If it's your dream to eat ramen and drive a used car so you can make your $1200/mo (or more) student loan payment, chase that dream. Long hours, with demanding owners and unsocialized pets who NEED you to save their pet for the cheapest you can is a fantastic way to live your dream.

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K Cosmic in Philippines

4 months ago

R in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said: I am about to graduate with a BSN in nursing and I completely regret this decision. I am already dreading the job I haven't even started yet. I've been looking into vet school but have gotten a lot of "words of wisdom" from people saying it's not worth my time or money. I would defiantly have a passion for the work but I'm also terrified of being $200,000 in debt and having no work/life balance. Any words of advice from DVMs out there would be extremely appreciated

^ Are you my soul sister/brother?! I've always dreamed of being a vet since I was a kid, but was influenced to take up nursing instead. At the time, I thought that it was close enough to what I wanted (both medical) and it was a more practical choice - but hell, I was wrong. 3 years after graduating from nursing school, I still find myself yearning to become a vet! Like you, I dread nursing but I'm hesitant to pursue vet med. :(

For OP (it's been so long I don't know if you still need it but): please check out this link: allnurses.com/nursing-career-advice/veterinary-technician-or-645409.html

It's not exactly what you want, but there is info there that touches on pursuing DVM as well.

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R in Hershey, Pennsylvania

4 months ago

Wow! Glad to know I am not the only one out there with this dilemma. Thanks for posting that thread, gave me some more helpful information. I don't know about you, but I got into nursing because I love pathophysiology and the science of the body. I thought that would be related to nursing but turns out it isn't much at all related to what we do! Someone in that thread had mentioned that they know someone who works part time as an RN and part time as a vet tech. Maybe I'll give that a try while I figure out what to do.

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K Cosmic in Philippines

4 months ago

R in Hershey, Pennsylvania said: Wow! Glad to know I am not the only one out there with this dilemma. Thanks for posting that thread, gave me some more helpful information. I don't know about you, but I got into nursing because I love pathophysiology and the science of the body. I thought that would be related to nursing but turns out it isn't much at all related to what we do! Someone in that thread had mentioned that they know someone who works part time as an RN and part time as a vet tech. Maybe I'll give that a try while I figure out what to do.

YES! I have the exact same thoughts on doing the whole part time RN/RVT thing. I've been rather confused (and miserable) about my life choices up until now - finding people who are in the same boat (like you) + reading that thread did give me hope. I'll look into getting an RVT license after a year or two of nursing practice. To be honest, I haven't given nursing that much of a chance, so if I end up liking it (which I don't, at the moment), plans might change again. Although, having the vet tech as a goal does motivate me to stick with nursing until then!

As for entering nursing... I honestly didn't know what a nurse really did until I entered the program. At the time, these were my thoughts:

1. I enjoy and excel at science. Nursing is science heavy. I'd do well there.
2. Nursing is caring. Vet is caring. Nursing is pretty much the same.
3. Dad approves of me being a nurse more than being a vet.

I was in too deep before I realized nursing was also very different. It finally dawned on me that I really am more passionate about animal care, and that I get more fulfillment out of it. I think you understand my sentiment.

Anyway, here is another link you can look into: allnurses.com/nursing-career-advice/quitting-74k-rn-754903-page2.html

Forgive me if this may sound inappropriate, but I'd be happy if we could talk outside the forum. There's relief in knowing I'm not the only one!

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