There's no real straight forward answer to your question because there are so many factors that can affect a vet's pay:
- Type of vet (large animal, small animal, research, zoo, etc)
- Type of practice (private, chain, clinic, hospital, horse track, etc.)
- 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.
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.