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    please could somebody specialise in exotics? Ideally in CHinchillas as it's really hard to get a vet who has any idea about them, and when they are ill they go down hill very quickly.


    totally selfish of me i know, asking someone to plan their carear around my future pets. (I did have 2 chins and will have more in the future) :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by sashh)
    please could somebody specialise in exotics? Ideally in CHinchillas as it's really hard to get a vet who has any idea about them, and when they are ill they go down hill very quickly.


    totally selfish of me i know, asking someone to plan their carear around my future pets. (I did have 2 chins and will have more in the future) :rolleyes:
    It would be unlikely that you could specialise that much - in just doing chinchillas, but as things are rabbits are the third most owned pets, and veterinary knowledge of these exotics isnt as good as it could be - same with guinea pigs and as you know animals such as chinchillas etc. As a result, Edinburgh have started to offer a clinical internship/scholarship for the training of exotic specialists with a particular slant on rabbit medicine... the only reason I know was because Im quite interested in that side of things too...I think in the future it will be more noticeable to have a few weeks of electives in year 5 of the vet courses spent on exotics where students can choose to spend time learning about them. Alternatively, there may be a RCVS certificate in Exotic work.
    Are you applying next year?
    PS Im also going to be going to Liverpool - like masterman..
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    I know I'm asking the unaskable question here, but when we all talk about the money not being in farm animals, but in smalls and equine.... Does anyone actually know the average salary figures for one or both? I've read up in all of the career guides that I've been thumbing through for the past god knows how long, but all say a general salary to be expected after x many years etc. Anyone have any knowledge of salaries firsthand? I realise every practice is differenct etc.. but as I come from a non vetty family I really don't know what the standard of living for vets really is!! Any ideas?
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    (Original post by DivineComedy)
    I know I'm asking the unaskable question here, but when we all talk about the money not being in farm animals, but in smalls and equine.... Does anyone actually know the average salary figures for one or both? I've read up in all of the career guides that I've been thumbing through for the past god knows how long, but all say a general salary to be expected after x many years etc. Anyone have any knowledge of salaries firsthand? I realise every practice is differenct etc.. but as I come from a non vetty family I really don't know what the standard of living for vets really is!! Any ideas?
    I know what you mean...it is very hard to find out...Ive asked quite a few and they seem reluctant to say...they always say to me that dentists and docs get the best deal, but that dosent really answer the question. I mean the partners seem to have nice houses and cars but it is definately difficult to find out how much a grad should expect etc. Id be interested to know if you can find out!
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    (Original post by DivineComedy)
    I know I'm asking the unaskable question here, but when we all talk about the money not being in farm animals, but in smalls and equine.... Does anyone actually know the average salary figures for one or both? I've read up in all of the career guides that I've been thumbing through for the past god knows how long, but all say a general salary to be expected after x many years etc. Anyone have any knowledge of salaries firsthand? I realise every practice is differenct etc.. but as I come from a non vetty family I really don't know what the standard of living for vets really is!! Any ideas?
    The standard of living for vets is, on the whole, good I would say. As for exact salary figures, it is impossible to put a single figure on 'farm vets', another on 'small animal vets' etc. As for figures, well I guess (and I really am guessing here) that an average small animal/equine practice may get as much as 20% more income than the average farm practice. This is on average though; I'm sure that some farm practices make plenty of money. If I'm completely wrong with my guessing here, just say so.
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    I've been told to expect on average to go into a job straight out of university of around 20.000 but this can jump depending on area and practice and stuff like that. Usually it's the larger practices that take on new grads becasue they can afford to give you a fair amount of help. As for when you become partner or specialist salary can jump from anywhere between 50.00 and 100.000 pa. This is very blanketed - obv it depends on alto of different things and of course inflation will occur by the time we graduate.
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    (Original post by mjf)
    Are you applying next year?
    PS Im also going to be going to Liverpool - like masterman..
    No I'm not going to be a vet, I just love having pets and want there to be vets able to treat my pets in the future. If you take a look at www.chinchillas-unlimited.co.uk you will see I am not the only one and how difficult it is to get a vet who knows about exotics. There is a list on there of vets. Not a particularly long one.
 
 
 
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