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Ques. to vet or vet student

Post by Kelly Ro » Fri, 13 Jan 1995 03:28:16



I have a question for veterinarians and vet students.  I am currently
an undergraduate studying pre-vet.  My experience with animals
unfamiliar to me is limited.  I have owned dogs, have leased a horse,
done basic care for both.  Now, I know I need more experience
with animals and with a veterinarian to better my chances at getting
into vet school.  Volunteering is recommended by most people to
get some experience.  My problem is that I am not in a financial
position to do much volunteering (my mortgage company doesn't like
it when people don't pay!! :-))  Do you think that an animal care
facility would be willing to work out an arrangement that while
I am being trained to do some of the work it will be volunteer
and then after a certain amount of time I would be compensated.

Just to clarify, I can do some volunteering but not much.  I would
like to start working with animals just because it is what I like
to do.  Any suggestions will be helpful?

Post or e-mail.

Kelly Rohn

 
 
 

Ques. to vet or vet student

Post by Julie Poudri » Sat, 14 Jan 1995 22:56:49


Quote:

>Just to clarify, I can do some volunteering but not much.  I would
>like to start working with animals just because it is what I like
>to do.  Any suggestions will be helpful?
>Post or e-mail.
>Kelly Rohn

Hi Kelly.  When I was looking for work experience with veterinarians, many
were reluctant to consider volunteers because of a perception of unreliability
(if you're not getting paid, you may just decide to not show up).  Frustrating
for you, but you can't really blame them.  I got lucky and was hired by a vet
as an assistant (had to live on minimum wage, which wasn't easy).  But, if you
have a regular source of income already, you may consider applying for
weekend/holiday work with a vet.  Traditionally, these are hard slots to fill
(the vet I worked for used high school students).  Although you'd probably do
alot of kennel cleaning, you'd probably be able to assist with patient
treatments (has to be done every day) and emergency surgeries.  Just be
persistent.  I went to several before I was hired.

Julie