According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, animal-related careers like veterinarians and veterinary technicians are predicted to be among the top 30 fastest-growing jobs by the year 2020. If you hope to have a career working with animals, either option is likely to be a good one, but there are some advantages and disadvantages to both that can help you decide which direction to take.
If you have aspirations of becoming a veterinarian, this career requires a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from an accredited college. The schooling required is similar to that of a medical student but is focused on animals instead. Some feel it’s even more challenging as there are numerous animal species rather than just one. The average person in this career has completed four and a half years of undergraduate education including some tough courses including but not limited to organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and microbiology, in order to be prepared for veterinary school. Vet school is similar to medical school and generally takes four years to complete, but students must learn about all types of animal species, according to AVMA.org.
One advantage of becoming a vet tech, is that the career involves working with animals, but a doctoral degree is not required. Getting into veterinary school can be very difficult as there is a lot of competition, and it’s very expensive.
Veterinary technician programs last just two years, and many cater to working professionals with nine-to-five jobs. Penn Foster offers its veterinary technician program online, and this AVMA-accredited program won’t break the bank. Each credit costs $90, and students gain real-world experience in the field.
Veterinarians do have the advantage when it comes to salary, but you’ll also have to consider that vets are likely to be paying for veterinary school for quite some time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median pay as of 2012 for a veterinarian is $84,460 per year while a vet tech makes $30,290 per year.
A veterinarian may have to pay for many extras that a vet tech would not. These extras include liability insurance to protect from malpractice claims or losses to a building, equipment, vehicles or animals while in the practitioner’s care, as Veterinary Practice News points out. A vet also has to consider rent, maintenance, utilities, office supplies and pricey equipment, as well as the salaries of staff.
As a veterinary technician or a veterinarian, you’ll reap not only the rewards of working with and helping animals to restore their health and well-being, you’ll also gain the benefits of restoring the well-being of the animal’s owner. Today, many people feel that their pet is part of the family, with the loss of a pet truly devastating. If you can help their animal live a longer, healthier life, you’re also significantly contributing to the health and happiness of the animals’ human companions.
The job of a veterinarian and vet tech can be physically as well as emotionally demanding, but it pays off. In either career, if you love animals, you’ll be able to make a living doing what you’re passionate about, which for many people is what makes life worth living.
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