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Old 02-28-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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Hi,
I am a recent Vet School graduate and I am interested in finding a small town rural are to practice. I have read numerous posts on this site about others relocating but I'm still unsure of the best place for me. I've lived in extremely rural northern Alberta so the cold doesn't bother me. I grew up in a very small town in Canada and would like to move somewhere with farming and horses where you get to know people by name. I love the outdoors and would like to live quite rural but be able to obtain employment closeby. Any suggestions??
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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Minnesota has many vet clinics due to them being a big dairy state.

It seems "everyone" wants to cater to horses, but if you're willing to work with large animal livestock there will be more opportunities.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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Just by my farm, I have seen pick up trucks representing 5 different vet clinics go by.

There are 2 vet clinics 12 miles from me, 1 vet clinic 12 miles in a different town, 1 clinic 14 miles, 1 clinic 24 miles.

A vet who went independent gets most of the horse business in the area.
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:17 AM
 
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Michigan around the Gladwin area lg animal vets are scarce.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:53 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the feedback! I'm definately open to all large animal work and small as well. I currently work parttime at a mixed animal clinic. Any specific towns or counties that are particularly nice?
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:26 PM
 
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For Minnesota--------check out Stearns County( biggest dairy county in the state)

Also, it has lakes and numerous bike trails for recreation.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Rural NE - always room for one more. The western half is mostly cattle and horses, but a lot of dogs too. For recreation folks here hunt, fish (and ice fish) and river-tube in the summer. A lot of hills, river bluffs, and gorgeous scenery - and wide-open spaces - in the western half.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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Rural NE - always room for one more. The western half is mostly cattle and horses, but a lot of dogs too. For recreation folks here hunt, fish (and ice fish) and river-tube in the summer. A lot of hills, river bluffs, and gorgeous scenery - and wide-open spaces - in the western half.
Do you mean western half Minnesota? or NE?
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:24 AM
 
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My daughter is a third year vet student (U. of Edinburgh) so I've been watching for job opportunities for her future. If you look at the American Veterinarian Medical Association you will find a 'jobs posted' section. I suspect that if I post a link, it will get stripped off. I would recommend doing a google search of, "AVMA job" and go state by state, looking for what sounds insteresting to you. A month ago, I looked at Minnesota and found about 10 jobs listed, many rural. Most were for small animal practices up on the Canadian Minnesota border. I would guess that it isn't a popular place to live since it's pretty darn rural and cold. But you'll do well, vetgirl!

Best of luck with your future career.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Lake Coeur D’Alene
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Priest River, Idaho. Beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes and we really need vets. Especially horse vets.
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