veterinary* Do you also work in any R&D divisions in your field or is it basically being a doctor for animals? If one would like to research on animals, would it be more advisable to go into zoology or animal science. She wants to work with animals, that's why she's contemplating between the two fields. I'm speaking on behalf of a friend. Thanks!
***Edited By: finalsphere on 11/8/2006 12:40:38 AM*** Reason: *
Veterinary technicians can work in many, many fields where a person with their skills is needed. They are not just limited to the basic veterinary office practice. For example the Dept. of Agriculture uses them for assisting their veterinarians with testing samples taken from various livestock and poultry farms. There are literally hundreds of careers in the U.S. (both government and private) where the skills of a vet tech are needed.
Where I go to school there is a LAT (Laboratory Animal Technician) program that focuses more on the research and laboratory animal settings. The 1st year courses are the same as the vet tech courses, but the 2nd year courses are different. You can actually do both the vet tech and LAT courses concurrently as a 3 year program which will give you both degrees.
Being a vet tech is more like being a nurse than a doctor. You do everything from assisting in surgery to xrays, to running bloodwork, drawing blood, restraining animals, and giving basic treatments while in the hospital. If she really wants to do research she could also go to vet school, then get a degree in Clinical Pathology. It would be more of a research field focused on how different diseases affect the body and its tissues. A lot of work on dead animals though. Don't know how she would feel about that.
Another thing to think about too, is a lot of vet techs end up working for the drug companies as representatives, which seems to pay pretty decently, but they do a lot of traveling.
If she really wants a career that's going to support her well, I would advise that she look higher than just a vet tech certification. Don't get me wrong I love my job, but depending on where you live, the pay is not the greatest.
Yeah, I know a vet tech isn't actually a veterinarian. Ginger, thanks you pretty up helped me summed it up. She thinks she might go into zoology because it's better pay; however, it almost has nothing to do with veterinary science. Zoology and animal science is also a lot broader IMO. Veterinarian primarily focuses on domestic animals and the animals in the zoo. Out of curiosity, how much do vet techs make anyways? I know a regular pharmacist around here makes 60 dollars a hour. Nurses are also really high in demand. Learning wages close to 100k here, are vet techs also in high demand?
***Edited By: finalsphere on 11/8/2006 11:47:09 PM*** Reason: add.