Originally Posted by MyBabies
You said a mouthful! You are SO right! FEW vets are in business to help animals (I DO belive mine is!) and MOST are just in it for the money - that is why they are still pushing annual vacs!
Um, a vet's education costs $100,000-$200,000 or more. Average starting salary for a vet is about $50,000, and that's if the vet is practicing in a major US city (where cost of living is very high - e.g. a one-bedroom apartment costs well over $1000 a month). How does that translate into "in it for the money"?
I know many, many vets. The young ones who are just a few years out of school are mostly struggling to make ends meet while paying back crazy loans. The only young vets who aren't truly stressed about their personal finances are the few whose spouses have very good paying jobs and minimal educational debt, or whose parents could afford to pay for their education outright. The vets I know who are in their 40's and 50's generally live comfortable upper-middle-class lives (as befits one with such a level of education), but they're not rich. The only vets I know who are truly wealthy are those who own very large practices, the kind that only exist in major cities. There are very, very few vets who make that kind of money.
But having said that, of course a vet practice is a business and making money is necessary for any business, otherwise the business cannot exist! Of course all vets and their staff care a great deal about animals. But they also care a great deal about other things, like their own ability to sleep inside a building and eat food on a regular basis. Never mind stuff like purchasing equipment for the hospital and paying the rent/mortgage for the hospital's building!
Would anyone here be able to afford to work their jobs if they did not get paid to do them? I know I couldn't! I am a vet tech (unlicensed) and I work 12 hour shifts and it's hard physical labor - lifting 100# dogs, wrangling cats who have no problem clawing me to shreds, risking exposure to zoonotic diseases, dealing with more vomit and diarrhea than I'd care to discuss...and for that, I earn a wage that amounts to roughly 50% of my area's average household income. I love my job, but I don't know anyone who is saintly enough to do a job that is this smelly and carries this kind of a daily risk of serious injury and leaves you this bone-tired at the end of the day, without the promise of some financial compensation!
Bottom line is, vets work. Vet techs work, kennel attendents work, receptionists work - just like you work at your job. And they deserve to be paid for their work, just like you do! And just as your place of work has clients (or donors, or taxpayers) who are ultimately responsible for paying your salary, so too are you responsible for paying the salaries of those who work at the businesses whose services you use. It's the way the economy works and the veterinary profession is certainly not powerful enough to suspend the rules of economics!