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Volunteering at vet? - July 25th 2012, 04:47 AM

Does anyone have any tips about volunteering at a vet? tools i should have? experience? things i should take ? i have a vet i think i'm going to ask about it but i don't really know what all to ask. He is a vet that works mostly with dogs / cats/ and reptiles which i'm mostly interested in the last one but do have a love for all animals. i know he also does a lot of wildlife rescues which i think would be nice. Anyone got experience and stuff i should expect etc? i'm thinking about possibly going to school for pre vet ina few years is one of many reasons i'm doing this. including my love for animals, not being able to get a decent job till i'm 18 so possibly volunteering here for atleast the next 2 years, etc. I have experience with quite a few reptiles including leopard geckos which i have 3 of, bearded dragons which i have 2 of, and ball pythons which i have one of. i also have experience with hybrid dogs and training them as i have a 1-2 year old 3/4 timber wolf 1/4 akita i got from a rescue. Then i do almost constant research on several types of exotics, and reptiles.



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Re: Volunteering at vet? - July 25th 2012, 04:56 AM

I don't know about volunteering at a vet clinic, I suppose it's possible but I've never heard of people doing it. Instead, a few people in my high-school worked at a vet clinic. They had administrative job roles and would handle only the animals that weren't in a fragile state (i.e. broken bones, disease affecting mobility, etc...). I suppose it'd be easier to volunteer at a wildlife rescue center.

If it's an emergency vet hospital, then again you may be able to volunteer there but you'd see more gruesome stuff and more animals in pain than a regular non-emergency vet clinic.


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Re: Volunteering at vet? - July 25th 2012, 07:36 AM

Is there no option for an apprenticeship or trainee program? You are often payed a decent wage for these and finish with a Certificate III.
   
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Re: Volunteering at vet? - July 25th 2012, 11:45 PM

You don't have to work directly with veterinary medicine to get a good gig that'll make you look good for getting into vet school. You could volunteer/work at a zoo, humane society, or any other rescue kinda place. Even if you have a preference to certain type of animal (reptiles) you should remember you usually don't get to specialize until quite late on so you should take advantage and show you can work with a variety of animals (and kudos to you if you work with wild animals or at risk/more challenging animals such as the more difficult ones at a humane society). Hope that helps. PM me if you need more ideas




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Re: Volunteering at vet? - July 26th 2012, 02:39 AM

I actually am going to volunteer at an animal shelter I'd I can't volunteer at this vet I wish we had a zoo or something to volunteer at around here but we don't sadly.



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Re: Volunteering at vet? - July 27th 2012, 01:13 PM

Hey Josh.

I've done work experience at a vet and a zoo, and I've also done volunteering at an animal shelter; all three are good ways to get involved with animals, learn new skills, and meet new people. I found them all a rewarding experience, and definitely worth it (not to mention it looks good on resumes!). I don't really have any advice at this stage, but I just wanted to say I think it's great you want to do this. Let me know how it goes, okay?

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