If there’s one thing that veterinarians hate about their career, yet have to deal with every day, it is money. We all dread the infamous line “What’s this going to cost?” Every veterinarian loves animals, that’s what started most veterinarians and vet students down this path. We would all love to save every animal on the face of the planet for free. Unfortunately that isn’t reality.
So why do veterinarians charge so much? Well I could go into a long explanation of economics, salaries, insurance, etc and explain it all, but to be quite honest I don’t understand all of those logistics and numbers at this point in my career.
What DO I understand, you ask? Well, I remember the moment that I realized why veterinarians charge so much from a student’s perspective. It was about this time last year as I was finishing up my first semester of veterinary school. It was cold outside and I was walking back to my car after juggling a day of work and classes. I was exhausted, stressed, and just drained. In that moment I realized that after going through 4 years of undergraduate studies and then an additional 4 years of rigorous coursework in veterinary school, I wanted to make money! I was tired of living from month to month and sick of passing up on nights out and other activities because I was too worried about saving money. In that moment I thought, if clients knew what veterinarians really went through, if they could face the class load we take, the lack of sleep, the debt load, etc, they would understand why veterinarians charge so much.
This doesn’t mean that I’m going out to try to make as much money as possible, but it means that I want to make a decent living after fighting my way to earn a DVM. If people understood what veterinarians went through to earn their DVM, they would know why veterinarians charge what they do. In addition to paying off all of our loans, after all the schooling and work, we want to make a comfortable living.