I initially decided at age 4 that I wanted to be a horse doctor. To be completely honest, I don’t remember what made me decide that (I don’t remember much about being 4). It probably came from watching our veterinarian help a horse at our barn. Through the years, that initial resolve developed into wanting to be able to provide health and comfort for these magnificent animals. I wanted to be involved in improving the healthcare in equine sport/athletic endeavors as well as family companions
I worked in a small animal hospital as well while preparing for veterinary school, and began to realize that veterinarians don’t only help their animal patients, but also help the families that love them.
I don’t know if that helps you much - it’s hard to find words for something that I felt so long ago.