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What is the most enjoyable part of being a veterinarian?

I have an interest in being a vet, but I have doubts that I would like it as much as i think i would. Is it something that you enjoy doing day to day, if yes can you elaborate on what you enjoy about it besides being able to help animals) #veterinary #veterinary-medicine

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Samantha’s Answer

Hi Maribel! It's a great idea to understand the day to day of a job before making a final decision about whether you want to do it. Although I'm not a vet, I would suggest researching veterinary offices or animal shelters in your area and seeing if you can volunteer or work there part-time. While you're there, hopefully you will be able to observe veterinarians doing their job and even ask them questions directly. You'll also gain a better understanding of the environment and meet other people who might eventually become your co-workers. This will help you make an informed decision about whether you would enjoy being a vet. Good luck!
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Wes’s Answer

For your question: Having a career that is a mental challenge in an area that I am passionate about. I would probably enjoy any career that revolved around problem-solving, but I was always drawn towards animal medicine, so it is gratifying to combine those aspects. It helps when, as with any aspect of life, things aren't easy. Doing something I care about gives me the extra push.


For your concerns: While helping animals is the part we'd probably all do for free, there are more aspects that you should experience before deciding. First, I will echo the previous answer: getting first-hand experience is invaluable. Volunteering or getting an entry-level job at a clinic or animal shelter will give you a front-row view of what those organizations are like. I cleaned a lot of cages in various clinics on my path, and it is still a part of my daily work life. Second, if you do choose to pursue a veterinary career, it is an academically rigorous and challenging path. The good news is: taking a strong science curricula and meeting the requirements for veterinary school puts you in a great place to choose many animal/science careers. Lastly, there are many, many ways to apply a degree in veterinary medicine. I started in private practice after graduating and realized quickly that running a business was not for me. This was disheartening as I had targeted being a veterinarian for so long: I thought I had made a terrible mistake. After a few deep breaths, I realized how I choose to use my education was limited only by my imagination. I ultimately found animal shelter medicine and have been extremely satisfied being involved for over 20 years.

Hope that helps and best of luck on your path!

Wes recommends the following next steps:

visit: https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/admissions/criteria-admission to see the current admission requirements for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medline.
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Suzanne’s Answer

The most enjoyable part of being a veterinarian is knowing that you are helping a pet that is loved by their pet parent and you are helping the person also. An animal cannot tell you what is wrong so putting all the pieces of the puzzle together is the what solves the problem. Listening to what the owner tells you is so important and then taking the information the physical exam gives you are the main keys in diagnosing what is wrong so you can start helping the pet to get better.

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