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What's it like being a veterinarian?

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Jackie’s Answer

I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years. I think when I first got started the focus was around not eating meat and this was for ethical reasons around how animals are cared for. What is important is creating a meal plan that has the nutrients that provides you with a balanced diet. I think you need to ask yourself, why do you want to be a vegetarian? And if this way of eating really resonates, the next step is to create a meal plan that has all of the components; healthy fat, healthy complex carbs where you are eating whole foods.

The good thing is there are so many good sites to get information on how to eat a good diet that excludes meat. Here are some websites:

https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/
https://minimalistbaker.com/

I propose trying to create a weekly meal plan. Purchase groceries and then do prep on weekend, so you have a full week of healthy meals to eat.

The trick to eating vegetarian is choosing whole foods and preparing ahead of time, so you are not binging and eating unhealthy food.
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Emily’s Answer

A veterinarian is a much loved position. I know I am super appreciative when I have to bring my dog in at 11:30p and they open their emergency clinic for me.

When I was younger we had a local vet allow me to come spend a few hours a day during the summer to get a feel for what the job entailed. I cleaned cages, performed heart worm tests on samples collected by the vet and took the pets for a walk when they had to stay over night.

I suggest you ask some local veterinarians if they have any opportunities for you like that. I'm sure they would be excited to talk to a hopeful student like you!

It takes a special kind of person to take care of animals when you know they need you. Sometimes the outcome is not the best, but other times the outcome is great and it makes up for the hard times.

If you are too nervous to ask in person, you could look at local vets websites and if they have an email listed or a contact us form you could try stating your career interest and asking if there is any time you can come volunteer and learn about their daily work.

Also, SPCA or animal rescues may have a bit of experience for you to gain from if you volunteer with them.
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