(This is something I am working on; it's tough!) It was such a better fit for me, it was like finally taking a breath after holding it for so long. Most vets i worked with at the University hated their life in GP, and loved a university or laboratory setting. You're not alone in this struggle; most of us go through these feelings when we first get out into the world. There is a facility that will be available to rent soon that is already completely set up for 40 horses in a prime location. We all need to be aware of it and actively work to prevent it by guarding our free time, taking vacations when we get them, and making sure we have stress relieving activities outside of work that are completely unrelated to veterinary medicine. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. Homesick as a sophomore/rough fall 2020 semester. Know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. It sounds like a bad situation at an already stressful time. As long as you give them a heads up that you aren't happy they can't be surprised if you look for a new job. I was lucky that I got a good position. If you're in a toxic environment, get out. Also check out your local vet med association meeting to see if you mesh with anybody there. The culture in vet school makes becoming the GP feel under achieving. I try to keep in mind that in rural areas across the country, people are doing this every single day - doing the best they can for the patients they are responsible for without the benefit of another set of eyes or another brain working at cases. I started that job in June 2013, and by March I was sending out my resume. And let's face it, who wants the vet who didn't even want to be a vet treating their horse? I'm in Florida now, and there are tons of associate positions open near me. It sounds like you're a great vet, doing the best you can for your patients in a bad place. Does your school have an alumni association with a mentorship program to pair up with a more experienced vet? Ugh, tell that to my six figures of student loans. It won't solve everything, but trust me, it helps. You're not even coming close right now. Would you be able to cut your days back at your regular place to try out some other hospitals? I'd been using veterinary software my whole career and I knew that I could work hard and prove myself with new challenges, so while this role was a bit out of left-field, I was confident that it would be a good fit. I'm a 2014 grad, I even did a couple of "working interview" days with the vet I eventually signed on with, and the mentorship was so good that I was sure I would have excellent guidance. Since joining ezyVet I've had plenty of hard days, but not once have I woken up in the morning thinking, " I don't want to go to work today". A lot about the position has changed since I initially accepted the offer, including the number of hours/days that I work and the number of veterinarians employed (less vets employed, more hours for me). The difference is that I actually flippin HATED vet school, and seriously considered at that point that I had made a poor decision. It's also helpful if you pick someone you really like as a person, who might be able to tell you to "breathe" when appropriate :) I know I need to hear that every once in a while. Check your contact. Expert tips and advice to prepare you for college entrance exams. The messy grind continues of course once you're out in the workforce often working long hours, sometimes with limited career progression opportunities. Fantastic reply, especially the remark about the dangerous vets. Has anyone else gone through something like this? You care about your patients and clients, that is why you want to find the best answers for them. I'm not an expert, but it sounds like you're heading towards depression. VIN message boards have also helped. That veterinarian she found to be “brutally honest," Kirkpatrick said. Participate in discussions and get candid, authentic advice from the world’s largest college forum. I have seen many barn friends take the animal science path only to end up realizing that their horse's vet hasn't had the time to sit on a horse in two decades. Today, I'm working side-by-side with a team of people with like-minded people with similar stories to mine. So why do we do it? you sound like a mature person who has thought things through pretty carefully - so I would explain it to your parents just like you explained it here. If you're not sure about private practice, how about a university position? I'm managing my own projects, earning more, and learning more. Maybe a teaching post? You were hired under certain circumstances and those circumstances have changed, you are fully justified in seeking other employment. It may feel selfish to do it sometimes, but it's better to say no to one person today so that you can help hundred more over the years. Sorry this is long winded, but I really need some advice/encouragement. I was definitely at a similar mental state where I was wondering if I'd made a $200,000 mistake even going to vet school. It is extremely difficult to have worked so hard for so long to become a veterinarian, only to hate the day-to-day. We've got articles, videos and forum discussions that provide answers to all of your test prep, admissions and college search questions. My first job (I am now 8 years qualified) was left to my own devices like you- if you feel out of your depth it's the job you have that Is the issue and not your career choice, you just need a job with more support .....that is all. I don't know if you have something like VetLife available, but they really helped me. If they have violated the terms you agreed upon you should consult a lawyer and look for a different work place. I left, found a clinic with better mentoring, higher quality medicine, and a more collaborative approach to cases. The team at ezyVet is friendly, laid back, but determined; you have to be for a role that requires you to help change the entire workflow and processes of a 100+ staff hospital. It puts all the pressure on YOU, and as a newbie that is both terrifying and extremely stressful. Take a break, search for a new job. My friends and I would group text each other with questions about cases, including photos of rads and labs. This role means that I'm a project manager, bringing new clients from all around the world on board with ezyVet's software. But whats next in your career? There are still the occasional days when I feel like an idiot, but they are much fewer and far between. Like, way worse. Things will look up. I wanted change but I loved the industry and didn't want to leave. Friend, colleague, old teacher, vet support services. The difference was immense, just having someone to ask those little questions to, or to give me a little support. Aside from not being afraid to reach out for help, there's a certain amount of "oh God I'm going to kill something" that you just have to swallow down. The dangerous vets are the ones that think they know it all and have nothing to learn from anyone, I've worked with one. I do get it fairly easy because I'm currently not doing surgery - which was not part of the plan, either, but I can't say I'm fighting that one very hard :/ - but that kind of crap sucks, not only for me but for my amazing support staff. At first it was planned well in advance when I would be on my own, and has progressed to the point where just yesterday, the other vet just straight up walked out - no notice, not even the front office knew what was happening, and I and my support staff were there until 2 hours past the usual closing time. The way I see it, shit could be worse. Apart from anything else, and outside of the clinical aspect, just having some colleagues around to have a bit of chat with is a pretty huge deal as far as I'm concerned. I'm responsible for making sure that the clinics and practices are setting up their new software program properly, training their staff how to use it, and helping them to configure the program to suit their individual practice.