I Want to Go Back to School

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Registered: 09-20-2007
I Want to Go Back to School
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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 2:08am

I currently work as a veterinary assistant in an emergency veterinary clinic. Right now I'm only working on the weekends and the holidays, though I will occasionally get in an extra day here and there. I really want to get in full-time there and TPTB know that, but I still don't get the extra hours. So I've been looking for a second job in a day practice. I'm running into roadblocks there. For one thing, they want people to work on Saturdays, which is usually the busiest day, or they want a vet tech and not a vet assistant. A vet tech does everything a vet does, except to diagnose illness, prescribe meds and perform surgery. I've wanted to go back to school to become a vet tech, but I've never seriously looked into it until we moved last year. It would've meant a move to smaller towns and the jobs would've been more difficult to find. After we moved to Charleston last year I discovered that one of the tech schools here offers classes in veterinary technology. There are a couple of things holding me back from applying.

My age isn't an issue for me. I got my second BA degree when I was 40, so going back to school at 55 is no big deal for me. One thing that will be a problem for me is the math. I have dyscalculia, which is a learning disability like dyslexia. I wasn't tested and diagnosed with it until my late 30s. My parents just assumed that I was stupid in math and never bothered to get me tested when I was in school. I have terrible anxiety when it comes to math. So if I was to go back to school, I'd have to get a tutor right at the beginning of any math classes.

The other issue is money. It would cost me $1800 a semester, and that doesn't include books or gas to get to school. When I return to school for my second BA degree I took out student loans and I ended up defaulting on my loans. So I don't think that I'd be able to take out anymore student loans in order to go back to school.

I did inquire about going to this tech school and got information about it. I would need math 101, which I think I've taken before. I also need English 101, which I already have. And I would need to have taken biology 101 within the past five years. I've taken it, but it's definitely been before five years ago, so I would need that. I would also need a class called Orientation to Veterinary Technology, but I can waive that, since I've been working for more than six months in a vet hospital.

The program would be for two years. The program is fully accredited with the American Veterinary Medical Association. These are the classes that I would be taking: Basic Microbiology, Introduction to Computers, Animal Breeds and Husbandry, Animal Nutrition, Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, General Psychology, Veterinary Pharmacology, Veterinary Anesthesia, Clinical Techniques, Preceptorship, Ethics, Radiology, Parasitology, Lab Animal Medicine, Office Management and Client Education, Clinical Pathology, Disease and Zoonosis, Large Animal Clinical Practice, Probability and Statistics, Interpersonal Communications, Veterinary Technology Externship, and Senior Seminar.

If I was a vet tech I could make more money and have more career opportunities. I want to do more with my chosen path than simply restraining animals and cleaning cages. DH fully supports my wanting to return to school. He's suggested that I go ahead and apply. The worse they can tell me is no when it comes to getting student loans.

What do y'all think? Should I just go for it and see what happens?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-21-2011
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 9:11am

you don;t lose anything by starting the process, go for it!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2007
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 12:46pm
I think you should go for it! Ask to speak to the schools financial aid office. There may be grants for you and some schools have payment options. You may be right about the old student loans getting in the way of getting new ones. It just depends on what type of student loan you had before and it they were federally insured. (sorry - I work in finance and I forgot myself)
But go for it! dig into this more!!
KRISTIE
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Registered: 12-27-1999
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 3:50pm

"One thing that will be a problem for me is the math. I have dyscalculia, which is a learning disability like dyslexia. I wasn't tested and diagnosed with it until my late 30s. My parents just assumed that I was stupid in math and never bothered to get me tested when I was in school. I have terrible anxiety when it comes to math. So if I was to go back to school, I'd have to get a tutor right at the beginning of any math classes."

There are laws in place now, if you have a documented disability and dyscalculia is one of them, then the schools have to taylor to your needs.

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Thu, 12-22-2011 - 2:01pm
Go for it! It doesn't hurt to at least start. You would be so good as a tech.


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