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Is there any job that I apply for that would help me when I go to college and take courses for veterinarian

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Im Jorge a 17 year old a senior in high school I really want to go to college for veterinarian but I also want to make some money, I have horses of my own I have 3 horses I have 2 dogs and 10 cows and I love my lifestyle #veterinarian #college

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Patrecia (Trish)’s Answer

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You may want to see if there are any part time jobs at vet centers, or internships that would lead into a job.
Thanks for the help Jorge R.
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Sylvia’s Answer

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Hi Jorge,

I believe ANY job will help you in the future. Why? Having and keeping a job shows that you 1) have a good work ethic; 2) are dependable & responsible; 3) get along with others. Whether you work at a fast food restaurant, volunteer at a library or animal shelter, or work an office job--you are showing that you're willing to work, willing to take direction and willing to learn. Often times, you'll have opportunities to develop teamwork, leadership and people skills that you'll carry with you to other jobs. Working anywhere can expand your professional and personal networks. We learn from everyone we interact with; characteristics to emulate or those to avoid. Even those you don't like working with or for will have a strength. Figure out what that is and focus on that. One of the most thought provoking things I've learned from a top leader at my work was that promotions are 10% performance; 30% image and 60% exposure. This tells me that our people skills are vastly important and influential--regardless of your profession. Having various jobs will help you learn and practice these skills. Best wishes!
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Kim’s Answer

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Hi Jorge!
So, are you in Dallas, or out in the country? And, what is the purpose of your cows? I ask, because, I know my boy made a nice amount of money raising a calf and selling it on the auction block. He also worked for the guy next door, building goat pens and taking care of his goats. And lots of people haul hay, although it is hard work!

What kind of vet do you want to be? Mostly pets, or also a large animal vet? Have you tried getting a job with your vet? Have you been involved in FFA and learned about feed/weight ratios? Can you weld? I know that sounds like a silly question, but a vet clinic isn't going to hire someone to make feeders for the clinic, their employees will make them.

If you are looking at doing large animal work, I'd recommend getting a job as a ranch hand for a cattle operation. Another idea is that nice World Aquarium you have in Dallas, perhaps you can get a job there feeding and cleaning stalls.

As you are already taking care of all those animals, you will want to find a way to include it on your resume, that way you can show that you have experience, even if it is not paid experience.

Hope this helps!
Kim
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June’s Answer

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It's great that you work with animals already, but in terms of working part-time, I would contact animal clinics, zoos, farms, animal shelters, or wildlife parks as mentioned below to start. More importantly is to study hard and take courses in science and math to prepare you for 8 years of hard work and studies ahead.

An Early Start
Young people interested in veterinary careers often start preparing while they are still in high school. That is because the college classes that veterinary students need are very heavy in science and math. High school students who take chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus, as well as other science and math courses, will have an easier time in college. Also, by taking these classes they are more likely to be accepted into the college of their choice.

Another way young people prepare for veterinary careers is to volunteer or work part-time at animal clinics, zoos, farms, animal shelters, or wildlife parks. When Dr. Posnikoff was in high school she worked part-time for the veterinarian who saved her horse’s life. Later, because of her interest in horses, she worked at a horse-racing track. She offers this advice for young people interested in veterinary careers: “Work hard at school and get good grades… Get lots of experience with animals. Really be sure that veterinary medicine is your calling.”

Coursework
While in high school, students are advised to take AP, PSEO and International Baccalaureate, and CLEP courses in mathematics and science which would provide a solid foundation before college coursework. Most prospective Veterinary Medicine students earn their undergraduate degrees —frequently in Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics – before they apply to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Admission at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine is highly competitive.

Experience
Students are advised to become involved in animal related activities. FFA, 4H or volunteering at a local animal shelter or at a farm or horse facility are great ways to gain experience. Shadowing a veterinarian is also an important way to learn about the profession first-hand.

Well qualified applicants typically have participated in 500 hours of animal care experience as well as 500 hours of working, shadowing, or volunteering at a veterinary practice. Additionally, leadership, work history, and extracurricular involvement are also important. Volunteering in the community, participating in sports or clubs, and a history of employment are great ways to gain experience.
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Kelly’s Answer

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Hello,
My brother worked for a vet during the summers while he was in HS at Dog Day Care location. He made decent money for the summer and the vet helped him to get set up for school and wrote him a very nice recommendation letter.
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