My Passion For A Career In Veterinary Medicine

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A child’s imagination is a beautiful thing; the possibilities of what they can be when they grow up are limitless. If you were to ask my five-year-old self, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the answer would’ve undoubtedly been a veterinarian. My passion for animals was sparked at a young age, and I was fortunate enough to have grown up surrounded by them. I spent days at my grandparents’ farm helping grandpa do chores and sneaking the horses extra sugar cubes at every opportunity, then dragging my feet at the end of the day when it was time to go home. However, our lives do not always follow the path that we imagine as children. My journey toward the decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine has been nontraditional, but the …show more content…
Hoping to gain exposure in the profession I inquired about job shadowing at Hillcrest Animal Clinic, and was instead hired as a part-time veterinary assistant. While my previous exposure to the field of veterinary medicine had not prepared me for what I experienced during my time at Hillcrest, the impact that it had on me is beyond measure. This job and all that I was able to do at the clinic renewed the passion that I had for animals and helped me make the decision to pursue a career. Hillcrest treats horses, dogs, and cats, and offers full reproductive services for horses and dogs. I was able to be extremely hands-on in the clinic. I assisted with the birth of several cesarean section puppy litters, the births of multiple foals, embryo transfers, various surgeries, and acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. This experience also prepared me for the less enjoyable side of the job, the loss of animals due to illnesses or injuries that could not be …show more content…
One concern I had about becoming a vet was becoming emotionally invested, which I once would have considered unprofessional. However, I have realized that an emotional connection with both the animal and owner is vital. To me, veterinary medicine is a love for science and the way it can be applied to help animals and people. It is loving a challenge, working to find the answer, and persevering even when the first attempt is not successful. I have a strong interest in equine medicine and reproductive work, and plan to one day work in a mixed practice clinic incorporating these with small animal work. I am passionate about this field and I am prepared to put in the work necessary to fulfill my goals. People continually search for a way to turn their passion into a career and I’m confident that I can do that through veterinary medicine. I am prepared and eager to take the next step in my

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