Animal Care Center: Personal Statement

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Life as a second-generation child was not easy. While growing up, learning English with non-English speaking parents, being bullied, and struggling with an eating disorder, life was challenging to say the least. This strenuous beginning to life was like struggling to break free from the hardened confines of a cocoon. In spite of how hard it was when I was young, I learned to push forward and adapt to difficult situations. Furthermore, my parents, who continually worked without complaint, taught me how valuable it was to work hard, persevere, and make necessary sacrifices. From these experiences, I learned to aspire to be passionate, assiduous, resilient, and sympathetic, which helped to mold me into the ideal candidate for vet school and eventually …show more content…
I wanted to gain hands-on experience, receive basic training, and understand the profession, but I also wanted to care for animals in some way. Some of my roles included caring and socializing adoptable animals and assisting the public. I worked mainly with dogs and cats, but also cared for goats, chicken, pigs, and rabbits. During the three years I volunteered there, I developed a sense of responsibility and commitment to these animals. I cleaned the kennel, fed and exercised the animals, participated in adoption events, and educated myself about the animals. Because of this knowledge that I gained as a volunteer, I was able to assist and educate the public about these animals as well. The years of volunteering and gaining experiences at the Care Center only encouraged me to further explore the veterinary …show more content…
My experiences at the hospital have had the most influence on my decision to become a veterinarian. I have been interning there since March 2013, where my jobs are to care for boarding and hospitalized animals, clean kennels, and examine animals. I also have had the privilege to assist vet technicians and doctors during examinations and laboratory and surgical procedures, and also assist in administering medications and vaccines. I have observed numerous surgeries, from routine spay and neuters to more complicated surgeries such as an ACL surgery and five-pound mass removal from a dog. I have also assisted in many emergencies such as a cat being poisoned by pesticide and a dog that was hit by a car. Additionally, I have observed the doctor handling animals and discussing various situations with clients about care options. From working at the hospital, I have learned and observed the duties and responsibilities of private vet practice, including how to handle difficult situations, how to juggle making appointments and multiple surgeries, and how to effectively communicate with

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