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holy shit

look at this

I don’t even know where to begin.

thevettech asked:

I am about to start school to become a vet tech. In the past however I have always been interested in going all out and becoming a veterinarian. I am worried that once I finish vet tech school I will want to go to vet school but it will be to late. Any advice? Also... If I do go become a vet a tech, I will be 22 or 23 by the time I finish... would I be to old or would it be to late for me to become a vet?





Most people don’t even go to vet school in the US until they are 22 or 23, so I am not sure why you think you would be too old!  I had classmates in their 30s who were just starting vet school.  You can go to vet school at any age.  Your classes from tech school can often count as prerequisites for veterinary school as well.  But I would encourage you to think about the differences between being a vet and being a tech.  Do you prefer to work with your hands on every patient - setting up IV catheters, performing treatments, placing endotracheal tubes, administering medications, cleaning teeth, running fecals?  Or do the puzzles of veterinary medicine intrigue you more — interpreting bloodwork, finding the diagnosis?  Do you like surgery and wish you could be the one cutting?  Or would you rather monitor the anesthesia for the surgical patient?  Do you like talking with owners, but you’re relieved to not have to give clients bad news?  Or would you enjoy the challenge of being ultimately responsible for the patient’s outcome?  I would get some experience working in a clinic to help get yourself an idea of if you would be happy as a technician, or you would rather be a doctor.  Salary also increases as a doctor, but so does student loan debt.  There are pros and cons to both.

Wow, I had never thought of it this way. Maybe being a technician would be better for me, yet I am graduating in two years and I haven’t seen any graduate programs in vet tech.


Once one has become a certified veterinary technician (in the US, am not sure about other countries) there are some opportunities for specialization.  There is a zoological species specialization that might be appealing to you!

For me, the reason I wanted to be a vet instead of a tech was because I couldn’t stand not knowing the why behind everything that was happening to my patients.  Why would a dog’s stomach flip around on itself and why would that be fatal?  Why does a cancer cell start to spread?  Why does kidney failure cause mouth ulcers and anemia?  I also was not especially interested in hands-on skills, and I’m still not especially interested in them — it is satisfying to do a surgery or a dentistry well, but it just doesn’t make me jump with excitement the way a strange neurologic case or a type of cancer I’ve never diagnosed before does.  Ordering the treatments for my patients and seeing them get better is rewarding enough to me without it being my hands giving the lifesaving medication or fluids.  But if you prefer to be the one there with your patient at every step, giving their medications, monitoring their anesthesia, teaching their owner how to give treatments at home, and you would feel strangely divorced from your patient to be at a desk half the day writing charts, then veterinary technician/veterinary nurse may be the profession for you.  

Any veterinary technicians want to weigh in?

Reblogging because some people don’t understand that techs aren’t just “wannabe vets” and actually have a completely different job description.









the more i think about it, the weirder this comment seems. how does this man know that being a male lion is more stressful than being a female lion. has he lived as both a female and male lion before. is this man an Animorph


male lions rights activist

as a big cat fanatic and a zoo veteran: 

male lions are lazy fucks. they CHOOSE to fight cos they’re BORED.

As a professional Ethologist who specializes in apex predator and primate behavior, I can fully support this lazy lion notion.
See this gorgeous guy? 

This is Zero, the most photographed lion in National Geographic history (so I’ve been told). While his huge frame and two-toned mane make him an intimidating sight, he is essentially the biggest baby I observed while in South Africa.

You would hear these deep roaring moans echo across the reserve… and it was Zero, whining for the girls (Maggie and Lisa) to bring him food. The lazy bum would just roll around in the river bed moaning and groaning until the females would show up with a kill. 

Sure, he could fight if there happened to be a rival male in the area. And his ‘mock charge’ display was intimidating enough to keep just about everyone* out of his way… but 99% of the time this guy was all about moaning (for food), mating, and mane-flips.

* - The only animal not run off by Zero’s display was a honey badger, who - true to form - did not care.

  • What they say to kids who want pets:

    Are you sure you're not just saying you want one because all your friends have one? Remember, it's not going to be small and cute forever, it will grow up eventually! It's a living being that will depend entirely on you for the rest of its life. Are you really sure you're ready for this?

  • What they say to adults who DON'T want kids:

    Oh, you'll want one sooner or later. Everybody does, after all. Besides, babies are soooo cute, aren't they? You'd better hurry up before you get too old!

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