Median salary for small animal exclusive veterinarians who do not own their practice ranges from US$70,000 to US$91,000. Owning a practice can earn a vet a median salary from US$55,000 to US$151,000 depending on experience and type of practice owned. The mean salary for new graduates in 2008 was US$48,328, but this included nearly 40% going on to advanced study programs. New small animal vets made just under US$65,000 on average. Vets in the UK do tend to make less than those in the US with new graduate wages starting at an average of £25000.
Note: If you are interested in animal health, but don't want to go through all it takes to become a veterinarian, there are schools for veterinary assistant training where you can also learn all about animal health, and animal care.