Victoria LeCompte, CPA, CFE
I did not take AP classes in the field that I wound up studying/having a career in (none were available at my high school). However, I took plenty of AP classes in other areas and wound up receiving 21 college credits for them. As a result, I did not have to take plenty of the first/second year courses that are required as part of many college curriculums, and as a result I was able to start taking classes related to my college major earlier on in college, so this put me ahead in the field I wound up going into.
Advanced Placement classes are certainly helpful to getting a jump start on college but there are other ways to get ahead too! I gained valuable experience by getting a job while in high school related to the field that I was interested in (Computers/Tech/Information Technology). I would go to school during the day and then in the evenings, I would go to work for a few hours and soak up as much knowledge as I could. It was a tough schedule but it was worth it.
You should see if your local Veterinarian has any intern or volunteer opportunities that you could take advantage of as you progress through school. By the time you graduate, you'll have the best of both worlds. A college degree AND experience in your field of choice.
Best of luck to you!
I took a few AP classes in high school, and unfortunately I performed quite poorly in the course I took in my chosen field (Economics) - I ended up getting a 1 out of 5 in my AP exam, and immediately felt discouraged. Fortunately, in my experience, this had no real bearing on my ability to excel in college Econ courses, and I ended up majoring in International Economics and graduating with a 3.9 GPA! All of this to say - while AP courses can be a great way to save a bit of time and money on classes while in high school, they're by no means a proxy for how you'll perform in your chosen field. If you're able to pick up a few credits along the way - that's great! But if for some reason it doesn't work out like you hoped, don't let that discourage you!
Best of luck, and happy holidays!