Going into vet school, I was told to not plan on having a job. There will be no time in vet school to work at a job. And to an extent, this is true. My 9-5 is spent in a classroom and most of my evenings are spent studying at my desk. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t make a little money here and there with odd jobs. This is a list of things I or classmates have done to get some extra spending money during vet school.
Overnight ER staff: At the beginning of the semester the veterinary teaching hospital began putting out ads for an overnight veterinary assistant to work one to two weekends a month. You get to make a little money and get a lot of experience in the clinics before fourth-year. That is a win/win!
Cab Driver: Several classmates drive for companies like Uber or Lyft, and being a college town, can get quite a bit of business on weekend nights. This would be something to consider if you have a reliable four door vehicle and like to keep it extra clean!
Charger: Something that I personally tried out was becoming a charging station for one of the scooter companies that ‘landed’ at my university this fall. You get paid to locate, charge, and release scooters.
Pet Sitting, Of Course: This is probably the thing we have all been doing since we were old enough to be left alone at home, but now you’re even more prepared because people in a college town LOVE to hire vet students to pet sit for them. I have done this several times and will be getting into it more in the next few months. This is a great way to both relax (playing with animals) and make some money!
These are just a few things that you might be able to do as a vet student to help bring in a little extra income. With tuition and bills to pay, every bit helps!