The New Statesman has just published an article on veterinary careers that makes gloomy reading. Some of the facts that stand out are:
32.7 per cent of veterinary students have experienced depression, compared with 12 per cent of the wider UK population
Students in the UK entering the course from 2012 onwards will owe £70,000 in loans on graduation
An Australian survey found that an average graduate vet was earning the same per hour as a school leaver working in McDonalds
A survey in the USA found that found that the ratio of debt to income for a new vet is roughly twice that of a junior doctor
Despite these facts, 9,000 students applied for 1,000 places at UK veterinary schools in 2012: the career is more popular than ever
The career of a vet is not the idyllic answer to life satisfaction that people sometimes think. I love my job, but would I recommend the career to young people? For the right young person, yes. For the wrong person, it’s a big no. The question, of course, is how do you spot the “right” people from the “wrong” ones. I don’t think anyone knows the answer.
The New Statesman article should be essential reading for any 16 year old contemplating a veterinary career – read it here.