Originally Posted by TorachiKatashi
What? I can't imagine a circumstance under which "vet" and "good brand food" should even be in the same sentence. On the very off chance you manage to find a vet that isn't just trying to sell the garbage that they sell out of their own clinic (of which I am yet to meet one,) you'd still have to go hunting across the globe to find a vet who knows more about canine nutrition than any other random person does.
Oh Dear! Do we need to make blanket derogatory statements like this? We actually have a veterinarian who has extra training in nutrition who posts here on DF. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. We are lucky to have her participation here. Sometimes I don't know why she sticks around because people can be quite harsh about vets.
Contrary to the cultural myths put forth on the internet, vets in general are not heartlessly trying to steal our money by selling us prescription foods. There are actually conditions for which those special foods are life savers.
If you want to make loads of money, veterinary medicine is not the career to sign up for. People become vets because they want to help animals and their owners. After going to school for 8 or 10 years, and racking up 100,000 $ of debt, at least, you can hope to get a job somewhere making 30 or 40K a year as a second partner in a practice, or you could build your own clinic and pay a mortgage on another half million to several million dollar investment.
What's amazing to me is the type of care you can get for your pet, that is equivalent to what you get for humans, at a small fraction of the cost. Think about it. Last time I got blood work for myself, it was 800 dollars. Last time I got blood work for my dog it was 80 dollars. How about spaying your dog? That was about 300 dollars for my dog. Go get a hysterectomy for a human and expect to spend 10 or 20 thousand dollars. Compare the cost of ACL surgery for your dog and a person and I bet it is different by a factor of 10 at least.
Vets have all the same training as human doctors, plus they have to learn more species. Really, what they offer to us is a downright bargain.
I vote we ease up on the criticism of veterinarians that is so pernicious on the internet. Let's start here on DF.
I'm just sayin'...