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Mid-life crisis reality check

So, I hate my career. Nothing I have ever done has made any difference to make the world a better place, and I am extremely frustrated. My childhood dream was to be a veterinarian. How crazy would it be to go back to school in my mid 40’s and try to become a vet? Is it even possible with how hard it is to get into vet programs in the SEC? Thanks to anyone with serious advice.

Edit: nothing good is ever posted after midnight.
This post was edited on 8/7 at 3:20 pm

Marco Esquandolas
Alabama Fan
Member since Jul 2013
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Ain’t gonna happen.

sabes que
Member since Jan 2010
9923 posts

Nope, just not in the cards. Most are dealt a shite hand. What can ya do?

Member since Jun 2011
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All the vets I know have hundreds of thousands in student loans

White Roach
Member since Apr 2009
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I would try to get some stats on the oldest student admitted to Vet school at LSU or the other Vet schools in the SEC. That would be my starting point. If it's early 40s, give it a shot. If it's mid 30s or early 30s, it's probably not going to happen. (Total speculation on my part. Just my opinion at 4:15 in the a.m.)

I know a guy who started Med school at about 35 or 40, but there are many more Med schools than Vet schools and he's a smart MF'er.

My brother wanted to be a Vet and completed his 2 years of Pre-Vet course work in a little over a year and applied to Vet school. Great gades, like near 4.0. Rejected by LSU, Iowa St and I can't remember the 3rd school. He would have made 19 his 1st semester of Vet school. All said he was too young, apply next year.

frick that...

So he changed to Pre-Med, went to Med school instead, won the Chancellor's Award, and is doing alright. Even if he prefers dogs to people.

I'm not sure if any of this helps. Good luck!

The Green Swamp
Member since Aug 2014
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I am an economic statistician.

7 out of 10 economic statisticians would give their bottom dollar to be something else.

Want to make a difference? Take a few kids fishing, then cook the fish for them. Teach them how to cook and fish.
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Member since Nov 2015
7013 posts

I know of several that have done that.
My uncle was in his mid-forties and I had a classmate that was 44 upon graduation.
Go for it

Member since Aug 2012
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Thanks to anyone with serious advice.

Go speak to some vets and get their advice. I did this many years ago when considering being a pharmacist, and it was excellent advice, and is why I’m not a pharmacist.

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Auburn Fan
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Member since Dec 2021
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Not everyone’s purpose in life is to make the world a better place. Often the best opportunity you have at making a positive impact is on those closest to you. I’m in my mid 30s and am planning on going back and getting an engineering degree. Good luck

Member since Oct 2010
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You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Why not take a chance if it’s what you really want to do? Do you want to be a small animal or large animal vet? Are you female?

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"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." I believe this old quote applies here. You are making a difference;although,not a highly visible difference.Try to focus on enjoying the little everyday things that make life worth living. Good luck to you.

Jack Ruby
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Member since Apr 2014
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Talk to some schools and talk to some vets.

If nothing else, go become a farmer... It's never too late to change your path in life, no matter what anyone says.

Member since Jul 2017
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Would an academic advisor let you take all the required pre-vet courses knowing that you’re too old to be accepted into vet school?
Can you be discriminated against due to age?

US Marine Corps Fan
Member since Oct 2011
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My wife applied three times before they let her in, and her dad graduated and was friends with Peter Hayne’s.

A friend of ours, an associate professor with ag extension, who did folder review told her they like persistence and to pursue a master’s in the meantime, which ultimately had her well prepared for her dvm.

They had more than a couple non traditional students in her class who were also changing careers mid life.

He has a better chance now than around 2010. That is about the time they changed to a wholistic approach to applicant’s experience prior to rather than 4.0’s for 4 years.

Member since Aug 2009
57839 posts

It’s very competitive, need good grades and entry test scores. When I applied to Medical school with some of my friends going Vet school, they were needing higher scores than me( but this was 30 years ago). I say follow your dreams, just whatever you do, don’t do it solely for money. If it’s rewarding in other ways, go for it….

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Member since Oct 2010
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What makes you want to be a DVM? Can you handle euthanizing an animal or watching one die? Are you good with people? Cause you’re gonna be dealing with them not just the patients. You’ll definitely be in a vocation that “makes a difference”, but are you prepared for the psychological toll the job will take on you? Suicide rates among veterinarians are statistically high. My point being, is this your passion?
If it’s your passion, go for it. If not, buy a corvette or a boat like most people do in a midlife crisis.

New Orleans
Member since Apr 2012
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Volunteer at an animal shelter. Embrace reality, find your peace, make money and have fun.

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Member since Oct 2014
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Take a sabbatical and be a paid or volunteer vet assistant. You can build up income sources during the sabbatical year- document the process and publish on YouTube, podcasts, etc.

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Member since Jan 2010
1545 posts

I walked out of my corporate job at 40 to go into business for myself.

It can be done- and you can thrive.

Just know this….

It will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.
It will also be the most rewarding and exciting thing you’ve ever done.

Be prepared to take a big step back financially for a bit.

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Ole Miss Fan
Member since Jul 2022
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Never too late to try I guess, especially if it's something you're passionate about. I would think being in your 40s may make it a little more difficult.

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