I worked at a vet since I was 15(almost 21 now). I just recently quit last month. I started out low and worked my way to assistant/surgery tech from on the job training. my advice to ANYONE wanting to be a vet is to work at a vet first! SERIOUSLY! we had sooo many new girls come in and quit within a week. it is NOT a glamerous job. you clean poop and pee all day, as well as vommit and blood. animals die.. A LOT. and not all just "go to sleep" peacefully. animals struggle all the time since they dont understand what is going on.. animals bite and claw, espcially cats.. when I was 16 I had a doctor think I was suicidal! LOL!
Clients will be really nice or overly rude/mean..you get people crying or yelling on a daily basis. you have to see how badly some people abuse animals, even with just waiting too long to bring them in ... which brings me to you better like blood, guts, and maggots because you will be seeing A LOT of them.
I worked for a VERY nice vet who helped pay bills for people, but not all vets will be that way, and not all vets can since they might not own the clinic -- so be prepared to turn people down when they really do need help.
it's a really sad job, I have many happy ending stories and MANY bad, disturbing ones. I have cried A LOT as well as had to leave rooms so I did not yell my head off at some stupid idiot who shouldnt have an animal..
but it is a good job in that you NEVER see the same thing every day.. and its rewarding.
you should look into being an animal behavorist.. I always thought that would be kinda fun =]