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My daughter wants to do vet nursing. She is currently a dog walker and would need to do an access course and her maths.

However she is a little concerned at the low wage. Once qualified and working what else/ specialisms could she look at to boost her wage?

Is there anyway that she could earn 28k+?
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My daughter wants to do vet nursing. She is currently a dog walker and would need to do an access course and her maths.

However she is a little concerned at the low wage. Once qualified and working what else/ specialisms could she look at to boost her wage?

Is there anyway that she could earn 28k+?
Specialising (eg; ortho or critical care nurse within a referral hospital), management in a larger hospital or practice (eg; head nurse, practice director) and pharmaceutical repping would be options.

If money is one of your primary motivations she'd be best looking at alternative careers.

Veterinary nursing has long been an undervalued career and while it is possible to break that £28K threshold it is going to take further time, development and sacrifices on her part to achieve (eg; giving up clinical work, further study, significant management responsibility).
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What exam results does she have already? I would recommend the Diploma route over the degree route and that has the added advantage that no student debt should be incurred. Your daughter could own her own vet practice if she desired, I know nurses (and receptionists) that do, however as already said no one should do vet nursing or vet med for the money, as there are so many better paying careers.

(Original post by tiggy748)
My daughter wants to do vet nursing. She is currently a dog walker and would need to do an access course and her maths.

However she is a little concerned at the low wage. Once qualified and working what else/ specialisms could she look at to boost her wage?

Is there anyway that she could earn 28k+?
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She shouldn’t be doing vet for the money.
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My daughter wants to do vet nursing. She is currently a dog walker and would need to do an access course and her maths.

However she is a little concerned at the low wage. Once qualified and working what else/ specialisms could she look at to boost her wage?

Is there anyway that she could earn 28k+?
Yes of course she could... by doing something else.

If you are driven only by money, vet nursing is not for you, the well-being and care of animals should be above anything else.

Yes, vet nurses are paid poorly, but we don't go into it for the money!
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I know a vet nurse who went on to become an animal behaviourist and guide dog trainer. The experience she gained probably helped but, the thing is, you don’t actually need a degree to do either of those things.

It’s a stable career and she’ll probably never be short of work. But it’s pay and career development structures cap out early and low. You can expand into other things and offer direct therapies to animals but that’s on the basis of being entrepreneurial and gaining other qualifications. The truth is that if you want to work with animals, there really aren’t many careers that pay big money as a base salary besides being a vet. It’s one of those careers where – not unlike becoming any kind of healthcare worker or working with children – the type of work is supposedly its own reward and thus you should be prepared to work for less.
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