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Hi guys, i want to ask what your experience is studying vet medicine? i have been interested in getting into this field but i do not know much and don't want to just dive into studying it without knowing anything. It would be helpful if i could know what struggles student face and any advice if possible!
Original post by shoyo04
Hi guys, i want to ask what your experience is studying vet medicine? i have been interested in getting into this field but i do not know much and don't want to just dive into studying it without knowing anything. It would be helpful if i could know what struggles student face and any advice if possible!

I think your best starting point would be get as much work experience as possible, including small animal vets, large animal vets (equine - horses and farm species), experience on an actual farm (you’ve missed lambing for this year unfortunately, but dairy for milking etc), local petting zoos/animal collections. Another consideration is despite medically and surgically treating animals, a huge role is working with humans and communicating with owners/farmers etc, so I would advise you have a think about if you’re a peoples-person and want a job that involves a lot of interaction with people. Vets play an important role in public health, so it’s not all just necessarily animal based/related, although animals are a huge part.

As students, you’re studying a full time course (and I mean actual full time). Most days are typically 9-5 lectures, tutorials and practicals. Even if you have a particular interest (say companion animals), you still need to study and pass the exams in other areas (public health, farm, equine etc).

I would strongly advise you carefully consider if this course would be right for you, as it takes a lot of time, commitment and studying, even post-qualifying. A lot of people like the idea of working with animals, but the reality is, it can be quite different and takes a lot of patience. You might see cases which are quite upsetting, and have to perform euthanasias, so I would consider if this is something you’re open to dealing and taking part in. I think you won’t know if this could be the right career choice unless you see the day-to-day roles and responsibilities of a vet, so definitely get some work experience
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Original post by oliviaparisx
I think your best starting point would be get as much work experience as possible, including small animal vets, large animal vets (equine - horses and farm species), experience on an actual farm (you’ve missed lambing for this year unfortunately, but dairy for milking etc), local petting zoos/animal collections. Another consideration is despite medically and surgically treating animals, a huge role is working with humans and communicating with owners/farmers etc, so I would advise you have a think about if you’re a peoples-person and want a job that involves a lot of interaction with people. Vets play an important role in public health, so it’s not all just necessarily animal based/related, although animals are a huge part.
As students, you’re studying a full time course (and I mean actual full time). Most days are typically 9-5 lectures, tutorials and practicals. Even if you have a particular interest (say companion animals), you still need to study and pass the exams in other areas (public health, farm, equine etc).
I would strongly advise you carefully consider if this course would be right for you, as it takes a lot of time, commitment and studying, even post-qualifying. A lot of people like the idea of working with animals, but the reality is, it can be quite different and takes a lot of patience. You might see cases which are quite upsetting, and have to perform euthanasias, so I would consider if this is something you’re open to dealing and taking part in. I think you won’t know if this could be the right career choice unless you see the day-to-day roles and responsibilities of a vet, so definitely get some work experience

thank you for this, i was considering working around to get a better insight. I hear it's one of the hardest topics to study so i want to feel more prepared!

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