my dad is a vet and is not a vegetarian...to the contrary, actually.....he's practically a carnivore, lol.
in all my years of meeting his colleagues and coworkers i have never once met a vet who is a vegetarian. i'm sure there are some out there, but they are the minority just like vegetarian construction workers or vegetarian lawyers. while vets do have a special place in their hearts for animals, most of them still hold that certain animals are bred for food....in fact, veterinary schools and hospitals even refer to cows, pigs, etc. as the "food animal" division.
i agree with what you're trying to say though....that there are different ways to show compassion to animals. for some people that is by becoming vets or vet techs, for others it is opening a shelter for animals that have been abused, for others it is vegetarianism.
when it comes down to it i'm just glad they're doing SOMETHING for animal welfare in a world where many people do nothing.
life with a vet for a father.