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What are the advantages/downfalls of being a veterinarian?

I have thought about becoming a veterinarian in the future

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John’s Answer

I'm not in the veterinary field, but someone in my life is; their least favorite parts of the job are dealing with difficult customers, and euthanasia. They love working with animals though and love their job.

I think you should look into trying to do a job shadow. This would be a great way to learn about what the job actually looks like. Most jobs are pretty similar these days: navigating software system and being able to work with people. When job shadowing, it can often be stressful, I remember being nervous about it, but you should try to go in with an open mind. You're just there to learn, and no one expects anything from you.
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Bryndalyn’s Answer

Hello, current veterinary student here!
The veterinary field is very emotionally and physically taxing, but it's also one of the most rewarding. You will have to deal with difficult clients, bad diagnoses, and moral dilemmas, and the boom of new pets during the pandemic led to an increased workload for an already understaffed industry. However, you will also get to make positive impacts in many people's lives, connect with the community, advocate for animals, and enjoy a meaningful profession that continually encourages your own personal and professional growth (not to mention- you get to see cute puppies!)
While it's a big investment of time and money to become a veterinarian, I believe it's worth it.
I also agree with John here- one of the best ways to tell if you'd enjoy the field is to shadow or volunteer in a clinic. It's also worth mentioning that there are veterinary jobs outside of private practice, such as in research, drug development, teaching, zoos, conservation, forensics, or government.
Hope this helps!
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