I am also a Vet Tech (approximately 8 years now) and a student nurse. My ultimate goal is to be a CRNA. The pay varies greatly in the veterinary field. Many small day practices cannot afford large salaries. If you happen to specialize and go into emergency, critical care, surgical or other specialty (cardio, internal, etc.) you can make pay equal to that of a newer nurse. I worked in a large emergency/ICU practice in a large metropolitan area (worked mostly in the OR) and made close to 60,000 annually. The job itself has many similarities and just as many differences as that of being an RN. My recommendation would be to work as an RN and volunteer your time within veterinary practices/shelters if that's a passion of yours.