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Veterinarian: What I do and how much I make

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I'm Betsy fight nur I'm an associate veterinarian I'm 32 years old and my annual salary is 85,000 plus production assistants and technicians and myself were kind of like the core veterinary team typically it's myself with two support staff to actually with me a technician will walk into the room basically kind of interview the client figure out what they're here for what their problem is problems are there's no concerns just kind of basic wellness stuff you know how are they doing what do they do for after that assessment they'll also my technician will also get take like a temperature a pulse the respiratory rate come back and find me back in my office kind of go over what this patient is here for and then I'll go back in and spend anywhere from between like 10 to 20 minutes talking to the client doing my physical exam on the patient and then having a discussion with the client some cases if the pet is very sick we'll keep them here for many hours so that I can do some x-rays review those do bloodwork get all those results back and to form a treatment plan it very much turns into a into juggling acts because throughout that time period you're still seeing a new patient every every 30 minutes I can have data center in ten hours of just go go go or I don't even sit down or get to eat lunch I have other days that have some openings and you get to sit down and rest you have to be able to think on your feet you have to be very much a multitasker you are juggling so many different things and people and patients and tasks every minute that you're here so multitasking being able to communicate extremely well with your support staff as well as your clients is paramount I see that's where a lot of that that's where a lot of the stress or issues your eyes is if you're not communicating properly more than 50% of what we do is is is communicating and dealing with people now sometimes that's great and that can also be the worst part of our job you know some clients can be very emotional understandably and it can be kind of their emotions can be directed at us very hostile manner or in Mandarin of blame if things don't turn out the way that we wanted kind of closely associated that would be for the finances we have to deal directly with cost of everything there's a price tag on literally everything we do and it's my impression in other health fields there's there's someone else between the bill and the patient and in veterinary medicine is me with everything and so yeah I hate dealing with money but that's what I what I used to do a large part of what I do is also delivering very bad news and end of life discussions terminal illnesses and one day can involve those conversations back and forth just this morning I had a 16 year old dog who had reached the end of its life with a terminal disease more or less and you know that those are discussions that unfortunately have to become very commonplace as a veterinarian but then the same time you know after you go through a euthanasia you know you have to be able to turn around and put a smile on your face again and then go meet go meet a new client and a new puppy and start all over again so it can definitely be it can be a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the day so the best part of my job is getting to meet puppies and kittens all day long some days more than others but on some days the best days I maybe have three or three or four new puppies and that's just the best day ever so getting to form those relationships with those pet parents and then really get to guide them through to adulthood and really forming relationships with those people as well I have some clients that I've known for you know four or five years and it they become more like more like friends another really rewarding aspect is just having like a really complicated case that initially is a mystery and then you know with time using your brain and solving that can be really really rewarding so I was not very familiar with what an average salary would be I think that's something that in general veterinary schools are starting to do a better top of that recognizing that it's a profession a lot of people go into loving animals and not knowing the full financial the financial side of it and then you kind of slowly start to learn that the average salary coming out of vet school is a lot lower than maybe what one would expect when I graduate and I think it still holds true it's I believe it roughly like sixty thousand base salary for a new graduate so compared to how many how much how much student loans you're taking on it it can definitely set you back it's starting off again it's typically around sixty thousand that was the mic my case pretty average personally I started earning production only recently about a year ago basically depending on how much I bill per month how productive I am for that month I'll make a certain percentage of what I bill so I have to make a certain goal per month basically to fulfill my obligations so a busy month I can make bring home an extra five hundred two thousand dollars if it's a slow time of year I still make my base salary but then the next month I have to to make up that portion before I'll then start making more the next month it definitely can be kind of hairy in the in this slower maybe like winter months that's typically when it can be slow and it gets a bit more stressful knowing that you're maybe not going to make your production for that month the plateau that I probably will expect to make will be anywhere between like maybe ninety five two hundred thousand it's pretty unlikely that I would make more than that the way to to really increase that amount would be to pursue in more advanced training being a board certified specialist and that could be in surgery internal medicine cardiology oncology there are most specialties that they have in human medicine they also haven't done medicine but that does require going on in completing three to four years of specialized training another way to really increase your salary would be to own your own practice which in the first couple years would probably be stressful and you wouldn't make much but ultimately that would be the most lucrative way to be
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