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I am going to go into veterinary medicine. I plan on being a doctor of veterinary medicine! I will actually have vet science courses and the like in my high school.


I'm a DVM myself, love the job but you should be warned, you'll graduate with around $150,000 in debt with a starting salary of maybe half that. Essentially, 1/2 (or more) of your paycheck will end up going straight to student loans and you'll be paying them for decades. Again, I love my job, but no one warned me that I would be a doctor and still have to live on a tight budget, so just thought I'd share some hard earned wisdom.

Other than that, if you're serious about veterinary medicine, start looking for part-time jobs in a clinic or something (once you're old enough). Experience accounts for a lot when applying to vet schools.
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Anime4always14 wrote:

I am going to go into veterinary medicine. I plan on being a doctor of veterinary medicine! I will actually have vet science courses and the like in my high school.


I'm a DVM myself, love the job but you should be warned, you'll graduate with around $150,000 in debt with a starting salary of maybe half that. Essentially, 1/2 (or more) of your paycheck will end up going straight to student loans and you'll be paying them for decades. Again, I love my job, but no one warned me that I would be a doctor and still have to live on a tight budget, so just thought I'd share some hard earned wisdom.

Other than that, if you're serious about veterinary medicine, start looking for part-time jobs in a clinic or something (once you're old enough). Experience accounts for a lot when applying to vet schools.


Yeah, I'm really worried about my student loans - I'm at 30 already after my bachelors.
Looking at 25/year in PharmD school, but I have some scholarships which will lower it to 15/year. :/ Still a lot considering.
But the govt offers loan forgiveness, should you want to look at that.
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I'm interested in medicine but from a different point of view, I'm working towards my Masters in History and one of my areas of concentration is History of Medicine. From Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination to the introduction of Western medicine in 19th century Japan. Medicine is such an interesting field of research
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Wooooow awesome :O You proctor PharmD courses!? Do you mind if I ask you a question about how to best prepare as an incoming PY1?!
I mean of course if it's not totally bothering you... Oooh, I love CR right now haha :D


Um, I haven't been through the program, but from what I understand of it the best thing you can do is learn the drugs. You should have a list of two or three hundred drugs by now, right? Memorize them backwards and forwards. Aside from that, I've heard that the hardest PharmD course on our campus is a PY3 infectious disease course. I think it is challenging to the students because they have to think critically about the disease and how it's to be treated, instead of just memorizing dosing requirements and stuff. If you've taken an infectious disease course as an undergrad, that would probably help you quite a bit.

Also, you sound like a perfect candidate for a PharmD/PhD dual degree, especially because you want to do research with medicinal chemistry. It will take a bit longer to get out of school, but hopefully you can do it in less than 6 years, and it won't cost as much. Funny that you mentioned medicinal chemistry, because I'm working with Sybyl-X right now. It just froze and I had to reload the program.


Thank you! I've been looking at books that contain the most common 200 drugs, I'm just not sure how to pick which one is the best choice.
Thanks for the heads up for PY3. Oh and Sybyl-X crashes aaaalll the time. Half the time is spent just loading it. Lmao. It's a 6 year program, so I hope to get to my dissertation before then Thank you so much!
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ghychan wrote:


Anime4always14 wrote:

I am going to go into veterinary medicine. I plan on being a doctor of veterinary medicine! I will actually have vet science courses and the like in my high school.


I'm a DVM myself, love the job but you should be warned, you'll graduate with around $150,000 in debt with a starting salary of maybe half that. Essentially, 1/2 (or more) of your paycheck will end up going straight to student loans and you'll be paying them for decades. Again, I love my job, but no one warned me that I would be a doctor and still have to live on a tight budget, so just thought I'd share some hard earned wisdom.

Other than that, if you're serious about veterinary medicine, start looking for part-time jobs in a clinic or something (once you're old enough). Experience accounts for a lot when applying to vet schools.


I don't care if i only get to keep half my paycheck, being a veterinarian is my dream job!I have known i have wanted to be one since probably 3rd grade! I would be happy for the rest of my life if i can actually become one! Thank you for the advice, it is so amazing getting to talk to someone who has my dream job!
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I can't say I'm as exciting as being a doctor. I work in the medical field as a radiologist technologist (the xray person). Right out of high school I tried nursing school and it was't for me. A friend suggested I try for xray, and I really love it. I get the interesting pictures, but don't have the pressure of having to fix the problem. I work fulltime in a hospital on the weekends and per diem at an orthopedic office. Get to meet interesting people and hear stories behind the whatever the problem is.
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I can't say I'm as exciting as being a doctor. I work in the medical field as a radiologist technologist (the xray person). Right out of high school I tried nursing school and it was't for me. A friend suggested I try for xray, and I really love it. I get the interesting pictures, but don't have the pressure of having to fix the problem. I work fulltime in a hospital on the weekends and per diem at an orthopedic office. Get to meet interesting people and hear stories behind the whatever the problem is.


Working with patients in the medical field sucks. As a programmer I'm looking forward to creating apps for the medical community. I couldn't imagine being a doctor or nurse and having to deal with people and the lawsuits...
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rturner707 wrote:

I can't say I'm as exciting as being a doctor. I work in the medical field as a radiologist technologist (the xray person). Right out of high school I tried nursing school and it was't for me. A friend suggested I try for xray, and I really love it. I get the interesting pictures, but don't have the pressure of having to fix the problem. I work fulltime in a hospital on the weekends and per diem at an orthopedic office. Get to meet interesting people and hear stories behind the whatever the problem is.


Working with patients in the medical field sucks. As a programmer I'm looking forward to creating apps for the medical community. I couldn't imagine being a doctor or nurse and having to deal with people and the lawsuits...



This pretty much. As health care costs increase and government pressure continues to stifle the field it is not a place I would want to be. About 5 years ago I was considering it but as digital sensors and medical software increase in sophistication it makes me wonder how things will turn out in another 10-15 years, and what the market will be like when saddled with huge loans and a changing environment since that was the nearest time frame I would be active in.

Will medical doctors in their current form even be around in another 20 years? I've kind of wondered what will happen when some of the current pipe dreams come to fruition. How necessary will doctors be when tri-chorder like devices exist, and can provide a variety of information on hand instead of a doctor analyzing the situation and ordering expensive tests. If that was the case then it seems like the field would be dominated by lesser trained physician assistants, or people who's main job is to operate the devices in a more technician oriented fashion. That doesn't seem very appealing to me. The above all probably sounds crazy but Google hosted a contest for a tri-chorder like device several years ago, so who knows.

Anyways, I have no experience in the medical field. Those were all just concerns that I had when I toyed with the idea. I was never particularly serious about it.
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TOTALLY INTERESTED , idk what type of doctor i want to be , I just know Imma work in the medical field
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Those who aren't medical doctors or in the medical field certainly need not feel bad or any regret that they're not. I enjoy my job (pathologist) quite a bit, but it's not for everyone, and while I really don't think we'll be anywhere near Star Trek level diagnostic ability even in my lifetime, the field is changing, and it may not be anything like it is now. It may indeed become more commoditized. Anyway, I'd say you should pursue your calling, whatever it is. If you think it might be medicine, then shadowing a practicing physician would be a good experience to see what being a doctor is actually like. Yes, you are dealing with real people, not when they're healthy and feeling well and happy, but when they are sick and perhaps feeling their worst and needing to take it out on someone! It's not always pretty, but it can be rewarding.

I'll mention that being an intern and resident is not an unpaid position. You do get paid. It was in the mid US$40K a year in my day. That's nowhere near what a full-time practicing physician makes in a year, but it's something (though particularly if you're paying off your loans, you might just be scrapping by).
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I was at one point in time. However, I don't think I'm suited for that kind of work. l I guess I'll stick with Forensic Science. It's very interesting to me.
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TigerLily-Chan wrote:

TOTALLY INTERESTED , idk what type of doctor i want to be , I just know Imma work in the medical field


Oh, to be young and not so jaded...


Okay soo ... I really don't care

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rturner707 wrote:

I can't say I'm as exciting as being a doctor. I work in the medical field as a radiologist technologist (the xray person). Right out of high school I tried nursing school and it was't for me. A friend suggested I try for xray, and I really love it. I get the interesting pictures, but don't have the pressure of having to fix the problem. I work fulltime in a hospital on the weekends and per diem at an orthopedic office. Get to meet interesting people and hear stories behind the whatever the problem is.

83% of radiologists didn't see the gorilla in this X-ray film. Too busy looking for cancer I guess.

NPR reported on this in February. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/02/11/171409656/why-even-radiologists-can-miss-a-gorilla-hiding-in-plain-sight
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I'm interested now, but too far into my (safe) career to change, and too oooollld...but i bet the medical field has to be better than auditing government contracts haha.

I wish I was interested in this field when I was younger, but I was too stupid to think about higher priorities..
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I have my bachelor's degree in biological science and I'm currently in the process of preparing to apply to medical school. I currently think that I'll either go into Pediatrics, Family medicine, or maybe even Internal medicine. It's funny because I currently work in the emergency department and when I first started working there, I considered doing emergency medicine. After working in the ER for several months, I gotta say a big HELL NO to that, but I can see why it attracts people into considering it. It definitely keeps you on your toes
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