Since I love animals, isn't veterinary medicine a perfect career for me?

Since I love animals, isn't veterinary medicine a perfect career for me?
January 24, 2017 (published) | March 15, 2017 (revised)
Alejandro Garcia

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While veterinary medicine can be richly rewarding, a veterinarian's day is not filled solely with adorable animals. It is important to develop a realistic picture of the profession before choosing this career. Failure to understand the demands and challenges of the profession can lead to dissatisfaction. Veterinarians must handle failure, loss, grieving and angry clients, and sometimes animals that have been neglected.

Veterinary education is equivalent to that of a physician in time, cost, and intensity. However, veterinary salaries are typically much lower than those seen in other medical and advanced professions.

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