I like to do “undercover” recon missions any time I’m at a pet store. There are so many bizarre, hysterical and downright befuddling products on the shelves at pet stores. My previous post on this topic detailed some products I’d seen recently. Just this past weekend, I found a few more goodies at our local pet store.
This needs to be said. No veterinarian is in it for the money. I repeat: NO veterinarian is in it for the money. We become veterinarians because we love animals, and science, and we want to help creatures in need. With an average starting salary of $67,000/year and an average student loan burden of over $162,113, veterinarians are paid the least of any comparable medical professional. Doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and even nurses earn considerably more than veterinarians. My veterinary education (four years of college, two years of post-baccalaureate classes and four years of veterinary school) cost close to a half a million dollars. You read that right. Couple this with the costs of running a business with multiple receptionists, highly trained and qualified technicians, expensive medical equipment such as an x-ray machine (which can costs hundreds of thousands of dollars), laboratory equipment such as blood machines and microscopes, surgical lasers, an ultrasound machine, a high-speed dental drill, necessary pharmaceuticals, and computers with specialized veterinary software and it easy to understand that there is significant overhead for veterinary practices.