What was the hardest step to take after graduating college for Veterinarians?
I know that a lot more schooling goes into the process of being a Veterinarian, and job shadows. But what I’m worried about is what to do with my degree after school. Do I join in with a firm? Or do I make a private practice? I don’t know which is the right or easier step to take after college to further progress my career as a vet. #veterinaryscience #aftercollege
There are many things you can do after graduation. You can work for the government at agencies like public health departments, the Center for Disease Control, the FDA, the USDA, or any of the armed forces (yup! They all have veterinarians!). You could work in the private agriculture sector with dairies, beef farms, poultry farms, or swine farms. If you choose to go the small animal path (dogs, cats, etc), and you want to go right into practice (vs. doing an internship and a residency to specialize in something like radiology, internal medicine, etc), it would probably be best to work at an established clinic (vs starting your own or buying a clinic) so that you can get mentorship and build your skills. While getting through vet school does require a lot of schooling, it certainly does not teach you everything so many new veterinary graduates choose to work at an established clinic to refine their skills.
I recommend joining a clinic that's already established so you can get the experience. Starting your own practice is more than just being a vet, it's also knowing how to start and run a company, manage employees, complying with state and federal employment laws, IRS reporting requirements, etc. which you would typically get a Business Management degree for. By joining a practice you will get an idea of what it would take to have your own practice. Also keep in mind that there's a lot more out there than just working in a clinic setting. Zoos have staff vets. Think of how much fun it would be working with bears, lions, tigers, etc. versus working with cats and dogs all day?