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Love Animals? Try Vet Tech Career

(Q.2) I LOVE ANIMALS AND WOULD like a career working with them, but I can't afford veterinary school. Is there another way to achieve this dream? I'm in community college studying biology and animal industries but haven't found a career here.

(A) CONSIDER BECOMING A VETERINARY TECHNICIAN. They perform jobs equivalent to those of nurses in human medicine and usually are first to see and begin assessment of an injured or sick animal and provide the bulk of nursing care for the recovering animal. To become a certified veterinary technician, you must complete a minimum of two years in a collegiate program based in veterinary technology and pass a series of tests, similar to registered nurses' training. Since it will be your life's work and you know you'll enjoy it-get busy.

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