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Should I quit my Vet Nurse apprenticeship to go Australia?

Travel Forums General Talk Should I quit my Vet Nurse apprenticeship to go Australia?

1. Posted by bullitleeds (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I am a 27 year old guy who has been a trainee veterinary nurse for 18 months, I have a degree in Animal Biology and I attend a Vet Nurse college course which i'm about 1/3 the way through. I do love the job but as soon as I quailfy I will quit the job and hope the Vet Nurse Diploma will allow me to get work in a patholgy/histology/biomedical laboratory. As I have experience in a lab at the vets now I think I may not need the qualification? My current wage is very low (although i have savings), I don't like the town I live in, my girlfriend has had to move to London and my college work load is about to double, alongside having to work week days, weekends and nights on a rota basis. The earliest I can complete my course is september 2013 (if I pass the ridiculous amount of exams) and I dont know if i'm even going to need it. I'm extremely tempted to quit my job and fly to Australia in a few months and try get some laboratory work out there. The thought of spending another year and a half here is a little depressing, but if I do stay I'll have a Vet nursing qualification for life??

I have made a few similar impulsive life decisions before (quitting my job to go to uni and going to Thailand for 8 months in my late teens and ealry 20's) and they all had a very positive impact on my life, but I fear I could truly regret this one.

Sorry for the essay but i'm in a bit of a pickle!!


P.S my girlfriend would come with me.



2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1855 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

A few years more work against the 35 to 40 years left of your working life? It seems to me a good investment. While your present knowledge will get you on the bottom rung of the ladder on your profession, that is pretty much where you may stay unless you complete the course.

Maybe move a little out of town to a better area and commute?

As to your girlfriend, even if you went to live with her now, that is no guarantee that you would still be together this time next year. Relationships are not set in stone.

Work and more work may be depressing. Maybe you need a few weeks break somewhere in the sun, and take your books with you? Canary islands (you said you had some savings)? A cheap flight with cheap accommodation from hostelbookers.

3. Posted by rachael_85 (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I'm an RVN.

I would stick at it! Think of the end where you've got your qualification and you can Locum in oz and travel at the same time! That's what I'm hoping to do! I've been nursing for 8 years - qualified for 5!

Itll all be worth it!