The average veterinarian does make much less money than many people believe. And, you'll be dealing with PEOPLE all day. The upside is, you're helping animals. However, you'll find that many people let their animals get into surprisingly bad condition before seeking vet care, and will then be angry that you're unable to save their pet. Some will decline treatment entirely ("it's just a dog, I'm not spending $40 on treatment!"). Some will scream at you for having the audacity to suggest that "Fluffy", their beloved 35 pound grossly obese Shih Tzu, perhaps could stand to lose some weight. Many will attempt to shame you for charging enough money to cover expenses ("You're greedy! I thought you vets did this because you love animals?"). Veterinarians have a suicide rate that's 2-3.5 times the national average in the USA. It's a brutal profession. After spending time shadowing a couple of vets, I learned in a hurry that it's not all sunshine and rainbows, and that I could not deal with neglectful, rude, cheap, heartless pet owners every day. Having grown up in a family where pets were a valued household member, I was shocked and saddened by what I witnessed from the population in general.