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Basically I've always wanted to do veterinary at uni, but now I am having second thoughts. I don't know if I'm cut out to be a vet and all the hard work that comes with it at uni. It's for five years and I would have to leave home but I don't know if I would cope. I don't know what other career I would do though if I didn't do veterinary. Someone please give opinions, help or advice - I'm really stuck :(

Posted: 27-02-13 21:37 by Joanne

You could do a job like a veterinary nurse or a job which requires less qualifications like that and see if you like it first. If you really don't want to do it then you could go into other animal related subjects like zoology and maybe study animals instead

Posted: 27-02-13 21:49 by Tilly - Team GR

Well the problem is, is that I want a challenging career and veterinary nursing doesn't seem that challenging, but then I don't want to do a job that I out of my depth in - what other animal/science related careers are there?

Posted: 28-02-13 14:30 by Joanne

Well my friend wanted to be a vet, but now she has gone off the idea too, for similar reasons to yours. She also wanted something challenging to do, and now she wants to study zoology, and do research into animals, but that also requires a long time at uni.

Reading this might help but but i havne't read it all the way through: http://www.anapsid.org/resources/jobs.html

And here is a list of most animal related jobs, which is quite helpful

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobfamily/Pages/animalsplantsandland.aspx

Asides from being a vet or research scientists there aren't many other jobs out there.

Hope this helps.

Posted: 28-02-13 14:35 by Tilly - Team GR

Hi Joanne

I know it's not animal related but, I'm assuming you're interested in biology, I aspire to become a speech theraist - it involves many aspects of human biology. Maybe this is something you'd be interested in. I know a lot about it so feel free to ask any questions.

I hope this is useful.

Georgia :)

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Posted: 28-02-13 16:31 by Georgia

Thanks Tilly those website are really useful :)

And Georgia yeah I am interested in looking at biology related careers but I definitely don't want to do human biology aha! I don't like the human side of biology sorry! Do you have any information on biology careers in general?

Posted: 28-02-13 18:57 by Joanne

I just found some websites:

http://www.societyofbiology.org/education/careers

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_biology.htm

You could consider research, lab technician. I once looked into biology and you can do loads of things from botany, microbiology, astrobiology or biochemistry.

Also marine biology is good if you like animals. 

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Posted: 28-02-13 19:45 by Tilly - Team GR

I wouldnt be bothered about moving away, it is for 5 years but that's only 2 years more than an average degree without a masters, and the wages im sure will make up for the time that youve not been in full time employment, ALWAYS remember if you want something you CAN do it! 

Posted: 28-02-13 23:49 by Average_Student

I know but I don't know if it's a good career to do for life because it's a lot of work and irregular hours. Plus I don't know if I could actually make it through the five years and actually get the degree because it seems extremely hard!!

Posted: 01-03-13 17:07 by Joanne

I think that you are only lookng at the negative aspects of following up that career. What you should do is list up pros and cons. You need to be commited and focused, if you do follow the career as i am sure that you understand. Next, have some confidence in yourself! try to find someone else who is in that career and discuss it with them.

Hope this helps and good luck! 

Posted: 02-03-13 19:25 by Zainah

I know but I don't think I could hack it as a job - five years to train for it is a long time too. I have some work experience soon so I think I'll talk to the vets and nurses. It I didn't do veterinary though, I think I would do something in biology but what jobs could you get with that?

Posted: 02-03-13 21:11 by Joanne

If you are passionate about animals-do it. Every course you do at uni will be difficult but it's about what you enjoy. You may be having doubts now but it'll be worth it. I probably didn't help but that's all i've got, lol. 

Posted: 02-03-13 22:51 by Mehwish

You could do bio-veterinary (I'm not sure what that is though)

or

Veterinary physiotherapy

Hope this helps :)

Posted: 03-03-13 15:12 by Moonman

I have roughly the same problem as you so i know how you feel,I don't know if this will help but there's a lot of jobs now in DNA and genetics and scientific technology. It has a science side to it and i guess it can be quite challenging!!

Try this site if you are interested: http://education-portal.com/articles/Careers_in_DNA_Analysis_Job_Options_and_Degree_Requirements.html

... i don't know if you're interested but i hope this helps! :D

Posted: 03-03-13 19:25 by Katerina Drakos

Find out if your school is registered on www.fasttomato.com - there's a free trial if not - you put in your interests, grades, and other information and it gives you all sorts of questionnaires to find out what kind of a worker you are, then it gives you loads of careers you might not have even considered. :)

Posted: 03-03-13 19:29 by Bethan

i think that u should find a bunch of lectures and go to as many work experience stuff as you can, then depending on your overall judgement, you can then decide if you are really motivated to follow through with the career, knowingly going into something which you know is hard and will be an up-hill struggle. I personally am finding my self in two states of mind in becoming a doctor. I know that i am already going to lectures (yeah, it's early, i am going to do gcse's next year) and looking more into a doctor's career, knowing that it is also 5+ yrs training. I generally think that more people should start attending lectures at my age, so that they have a clearer pictur eof what they want to study for a levels, university and careers. WE NEED TO PLAN AHEAD!!! so go to as many lectures as you can.

Hope this helps

Posted: 05-03-13 17:48 by Zainah

i was just trying to look up some free veterinary lectures for you. i found this website. on the right hand side there is a box where you can post questions to people who are studying veterinary in Cambridge.

http://www.applytocambridge.com/subjects/vetmed/

Hope this helps

Posted: 05-03-13 17:54 by Zainah

Thanks everyone, I appreciate all your help and opinions! I think I do want to be a vet, but the main problem I have now is money. I will definitely have to move away and if it's £9,000 a year for 5 years PLUS accommodation and food etc, then it's going to be £45,000+ What do I do?

Posted: 05-03-13 18:02 by Joanne

cry

Posted: 05-03-13 22:13 by Mehwish