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How difficult is it to get a farm veterinary job right now?

I want to be a farm vet but I don't know if the job is in demand at all, help?

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Ashton’s Answer

Hi Nikki!

In the industry this is most often referred to as large animal medicine. When going to veterinary school, however, you will learn about all species (exotics, large animal/equine, lab animal, cat/dog). So you do not have to apply to a specific school to become a farm vet. How specified you want to work once graduated can all be based on 1) the area in which you practice 2) what you decide you are most interested in 3) the clinics available to you (unless wanting to start your own practice right away).
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Nikki !

Your goal sounds wonderful, but let me begin by saying that it would be limiting to set your specific target on only farms. There are so many other places in addition to farms that would love to have your services as a Vet. There is no limited outlook or job for only working on farms as a vet. When you are a vet, you are a doctor for animals, not for a location. When you think of all the wonderful animals that are indeed on a farm, that is where you may want to make sure you learn about the different types of animals like chickens, cows, goats, donkeys, etc.

Vets can work in different places, sometimes outdoors and sometimes indoors. You can work in a zoo or at an aquarium. There is also work in colleges and universities. Animal Shelters and racetracks as well as boarding stables for horses, too. This does not mean you wouldn't sometimes be called to work on a farm, but that is just one place and a veterinarian has the ability and skill to work in various places, not just one. It may also be possible to work in the National Parks. After Veterinary school and with some years of being a Vet, you can open up your own practice and promote yourself to whichever format you would like to work in.

In general, the field of Veterinary medicine is good and showing growth as of right now. If being a vet is your passion, you should not base it on limitations or projections about what your chances are. If you haven't graduated yet, there's no way to tell. You'll need to go to college, earn your undergrad and graduate degrees and your school would have many resources for you at the time of graduation. Just do not give up and try not to put up unnecessary barriers. Once you become a vet, if you are called to a farm, you will have the ability to do the job.

Your chances of working on a farm will depend on being close by a rural area and letting the farm owners know that you are available for veterinary services.

I wish you all the best on your road to college and than on to a wonderful career !
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