Here is a brief overview of the journey to becoming a veterinary specialist:
Undergraduate education. The first step is to earn a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as biology, chemistry, or animal science.
Veterinary school. After completing an undergraduate degree, you will need to attend veterinary school. Veterinary school is a four-year program that leads to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.
Residency. After graduating from veterinary school, you will need to complete a residency program in your specialty of choice. Residency programs typically last three to four years.
Board certification. Once you have completed your residency, you can apply to become board certified in your specialty. Board certification is a voluntary process that demonstrates your expertise in your field.
Becoming a veterinary specialist is a lot of work, but it is also incredibly rewarding. If you are passionate about animals and you want to make a difference in their lives, then becoming a veterinary specialist is the right career for you.
Did you have doubts becoming who you are now?
Of course I had doubts. There were many times when I felt like giving up. But I kept going because I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals.
What took for you to become who you are now and was there any sacrifice?
It took a lot of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice to become who I am now. I had to make sacrifices in my personal life, such as spending less time with friends and family. I also had to make sacrifices in my financial life, as veterinary school and residency are very expensive.
But it was all worth it in the end. I am now a veterinary specialist and I get to help animals every day. I am so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love.