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What are good characteristics to have to become a veterinarian?

I want to know about good characteristics to practice in order to become a veterinarian. I think that there is more i need to keep in mind if i really want to become a veterinarian. Are there any characteristics that i might struggle with ?
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Gregory’s Answer

So I am not a Vet, I do have a degree in Equine Science and have spent most my adult life training horses and raising horses. I have treated many different animals with many different illnesses and done a lot of self diagnosing. You have to be very observant. You may notice a symptom that the previous person or even vet missed that may be the answer you need.  Some of the main characteristics that have helped me along the way are Respect, Self awareness, and most of all Patience. You have to respect the animal you are treating.  You have to be self aware to be able to improve areas of weakness, and ultimately master your craft. Patience is the ultimate one for me. You cant be quick to judge or conclude. You have to be able to reason and be able to use critical thinking in order to use deductions to properly diagnose. Drs. are just vets that didn't make it. An animal cannot tell you what they are feeling. That would be my advice. You should also have Integrity and be reliable.

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Dr Gretchen’s Answer

This is a great question and shows insight that you are considering more qualities than just a love for animals. Compassion and patience are essential qualities, with the animals and their parents(the clients you will be interacting with.) You need to be a good listener, to the signs and symptoms( and even smells of the animals) and to listen just as closely to your clients-to gain information that may help in your diagnosis. Have good communication-the client wants and needs to know what your ideas and treatment plans are so they feel comfortable and reassured with what lies ahead for their precious companion. Being a good veterinarian is what your skills and training allow you to do, being a great veterinarian is showing your compassion and empathy for the pet and the client. A good motto to remember, for any career you pursue, and one that I practice, is “that people don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care.”
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