Vet or surgeon? Watch
Do you want to study medicine? Do you want to be a doctor? You won't be a surgeon for a very long time and whilst surgeons may get paid more, the work life balance can be brutal. I suggest you decide what's important.
I feel like I'd want to be more hands on with patients which I don't think doctors have as much as a vet or surgeon. As much as I love to work and be busy I'm not sure how longer I'll think that when I'm in my 40s
What do non-surgeon doctors do then?
I'm not surprised. Working in a vet practice involves being able to give more one-on-one attention to you patients than working in a hospital.
Yeah I thought so. A radiologist is actually a doctor. You may think you'd be going into medicine for surgery but the fact of the matter is that you'd be applying to study medicine. You wouldn't start surgical training for a long time and that's if you manage to make it to that point. Go for vet med, you know very little about medicine and more about vet med.
It is difficult to decide what you want to do. I assume you aren't applying this year as the deadline has passed, so that gives you time to research more, talk to people and sort out work experience. In my humble experience both Doctors and Vets are both very driven, have an aptitude for thinking on their feet, generally quite clever and have a unique sense of humour! It is very difficult to decide which area of practice to specialise in until you've lived it a bit. (As a student midwife I dreaded neonatal intensive care but then thoroughly enjoyed it and ended up working there for a while). It is fine to change your mind from something you've always wanted to do..you are probably quite different now from when you were 6. If you are really stuck, toss a coin. If you are disappointed with the outcome then you know which way you wanted it to fall. (Always works 😉). Good luck.
the only thing I noticed about vetmed to med is that medical professionals seem to care about there patients more than vetmed ,I've been working in a veterinary surgery and I'm not sure if it's just this particular surgery but they don't seem to care about the patients as much as I thought you would. they seem to act as if there are no particular consequences (which obviously there is an animal would die) and there isn't as much stress around it which worries me as I'm very much someone who would want the best for a patient and enjoy the stress around caring for one .
My advice is do a lot more work experience, both medical and veterinary then decide. If you think vets don't get stressed then you obviously only have very very limited experience so far.
I've worked in two surgeries and one seemed very much stressful and exciting whereas the other they don't seem to care. I've got a week's worth of veterinary work experience in a referrals unit where it's more major cases which I'm looking forward to