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How much does a veterinarian make a pay check ?

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Lauren’s Answer

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Hello, I'm a veterinarian who graduated in 2016. Pay in the veterinary profession varies depending on what your ultimate career goal is, which species you work with and what sector you enter. The average new grad is making about $70k in private practice. This can increase depending on how long you work and if you buy into a practice. Large animal veterinarians start off making less (maybe in the $50ks). Research vets tend to make the most averaging around $100k+. You also have to remember the average vet student graduates with $160k in debt! And becoming a specialist (research vet, surgeon, internist) requires at least one internship ($20-30k) then a 3 year residency ($40k) before working. Basically, if you manage your money well while in school and fresh out you can live comfortably.
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Courtney’s Answer

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There's no real straight forward answer to your question because there are so many factors that can affect a vet's pay:

  1. Type of vet (large animal, small animal, research, zoo, etc)
  2. Type of practice (private, chain, clinic, hospital, horse track, etc.)
  3. Location (small town, large city, suburban, etc.)

For the most part you can expect to start at around $70,000 at a chain like Banfield. I Also, as far as "per paycheck" it depends on whether you're getting paid once a month, twice a month, bi-weekly, or weekly. If you get paid $70,000 and your pay is bi-weekly, you would earn around $2692 each paycheck. After taxes you'd probably bring home $2286 every two weeks. Of course that's before deductions for medical, dental, life insurance, etc.

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Troy’s Answer

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I know my friend that I graduated with went on to become a Veterinarian and I don't know his exact pay, however he just bought a home in a nice part of Colorado, has a nice car, and doesn't seem to have any financial worries. Another Vet I know is my girlfriend's stepdad and he just retired, lets just say money is not a concern. So it certainly is one of those careers where you could potentially have a very high income.

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