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Hey guys!
I wanted to ask people on their vet school and career experiences, so that I can get a more realistic view of what I’m getting myself into. Please also let me know what uni/ vet career sector you’re in
~Would you choose to do veterinary again if you had the option, or would you choose something different?
~How much time do you spend working vs socialising?
~Does the student debt have a visible affect?
Thanks so much for the help
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Clinical years vet student here from Liverpool
I would definitely choose vet school again hands down - vet was far from the dream career for me unlike a lot of applicants I just thought it would be interesting and decided to go for it, but if I hadn't got in I'd have happily gone to Harper Adams or similar and studied agriculture

Regarding work.... I probably don't spend as much time as I should - to be honest I've spent plenty of time in pubs this week with only minor revision outside of scheduled uni time. Typically the semester your exams in knuckle down and you should be fine. I think a lot of people worry too much about exams and that worry is actually what hinders their performance, not lack of knowledge. But of course saying that to someone of nervous disposition is little help to them

This is my first degree so I am getting full tuition fees and a maintenance loan from the government - In terms of repayment though it is very small amounts and as a new graduate your salary will not be that far over the threshold you feel large chunks of money are being taken away from you.
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Clinical years vet student here from Liverpool
I would definitely choose vet school again hands down - vet was far from the dream career for me unlike a lot of applicants I just thought it would be interesting and decided to go for it, but if I hadn't got in I'd have happily gone to Harper Adams or similar and studied agriculture

Regarding work.... I probably don't spend as much time as I should - to be honest I've spent plenty of time in pubs this week with only minor revision outside of scheduled uni time. Typically the semester your exams in knuckle down and you should be fine. I think a lot of people worry too much about exams and that worry is actually what hinders their performance, not lack of knowledge. But of course saying that to someone of nervous disposition is little help to them

This is my first degree so I am getting full tuition fees and a maintenance loan from the government - In terms of repayment though it is very small amounts and as a new graduate your salary will not be that far over the threshold you feel large chunks of money are being taken away from you.
Thank you that’s really helpful! It’s really nice to hear from someone that doesn’t regret their choice, I’ve been surrounded by people trying to dissuade me from this career path (which is a good thing cause it’s given me a more realistic view of what I’m getting myself into) but in reality I can’t see myself doing anything else, it does seem stressful thinking of the high workload sometimes!
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Please also let me know what uni/ vet career sector you’re in
7+ year graduate, 100% smallies + teaching and mentoring students and new grads.

~Would you choose to do veterinary again if you had the option, or would you choose something different?
It depends on which day you catch me!

I do really enjoy my job, however when I look to the long term I do sometimes wish I went into medicine (ie; much better career/training/salary progression, much better pension).

To progress much further I would have to consider going into management (high pressure, high stress, quite cut-throat and only meagre increase in salary unless you continue up the greasy pole) or a residency (3-4 years of significantly reduced pay, significantly more hours, incredibly competitive to get a residency).


~How much time do you spend working vs socialising?
40 hour work week in my contract, probably closer to 43-45 hours on average when you factor in missed lunches, working slightly over, in patient transfers, etc.

Probably as good an hours/work-life balance as you are likely to get short of working part time or locuming (not without its issues).

If something is important to you, whether it's a sport, hobby, friends or family, you will find time for it!

~Does the student debt have a visible affect?
It's probably one of the cheapest forms of debt you're ever going to take out, and because it's deducted at source you don't actually "miss" the money.

It depends a little on what "plan" you're on (ie; plan 1 loans generally have a lower rate of interest so you'll pay them off quicker) and depending on your employer you can "salary sacrifice" some of your monthly salary to boost your pension contributions (while reducing the amount of tax, national insurance and student loan repayments you pay).
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Thank you that’s really helpful! It’s really nice to hear from someone that doesn’t regret their choice, I’ve been surrounded by people trying to dissuade me from this career path (which is a good thing cause it’s given me a more realistic view of what I’m getting myself into) but in reality I can’t see myself doing anything else, it does seem stressful thinking of the high workload sometimes!
There certainly are many who regret their career choices or just feel dissatisfied with their current practice - It doesn't mean you have to be one of them!
If you go into it with realistic expectations e.g. you can't and won't save everything, even things that could be saved, the pay would have been better in medicine and that some clients will just be rude and rile you up the wrong way then it'll be an enjoyable career. I think a big part of it is separating your life at home from that of work. If all you ever think about is work that must be a pretty grim time for you - same in vet school there are plenty of students who just never take a day off and thats a fast track to burning out in my opinion.
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