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Will volunteering at local animal shelters help me better prepare for a future career as a veterinarian ?

Animals have been my passion since I can remember. When other people see animal they might make a comment and leave the subject alone, but when animals are in my eyesight, they are all I focus on until they are away from me. My dream is to help animals be as healthy as they are able to be. My school requires me to have community service to graduate, and of course I went straight to a local animal shelter. #veterinary #animals #futureveterinarian


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Luke’s Answer

Hi Julia,


That's a great way to get exposure to the career and further your interests. A friend of mine worked at a small animal clinic for a couple summers and now interns at the San Diego Zoo, he loves it! Plenty of routes to take for a veterinarian career, and as long as you're furthering your interest and doing the work you enjoy everything is bound to work out. Good luck!


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Courtney’s Answer

Yes, absolutely! Any exposure to the field will look great on your application/resume and will also give you some good working knowledge. Also considering volunteering at a vet clinic, or a small local zoo.


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Rob’s Answer

Julia,

Volunteering at a shelter is one of the best ways to prepare for veterinary medicine. A passion for animals is a starting place for the profession, but learning the limits of medicine is one of the most important and difficult lessons. An animal shelter is a place to begin to learn those limits.



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