Becoming a veterinarian is an intensive process. To many, it looks easy and exciting. The exciting part I can agree with, unfortunately it’s not a very easy task. To become a veterinarian, you have to meet certain requirements and have certain obligations to complete. It involves schooling, a passion and love for animals, and an enormous amount of hard work. Becoming a veterinarian is my plan for my future. Before you can even think about being a veterinarian, you have to take some questions about yourself into consideration. The big question is “do you have a passion and love for animals? If you answer no to this, obviously this isn’t the job for you. If you answer yes, then you have a good chance at achieving this as your job. The next question is “are you ready to take on the schooling that is required to be a veterinarian? ” In order to become a veterinarian there is so much schooling involved. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (D. V. M. ) is required, that’s about four years of veterinary schooling plus the four of pre-veterinary school. With all that together it takes about eight years to fully become a veterinarian. Are you ready for that?
The last question is simply “can you handle it? ” This one’s a very serious question that needs thought about. There are some tasks that vets have to do in order to save an animal’s life or to make it better. One big task is euthanizing an animal. This is a very hard task for any vet to do. If you ever have to encounter this, just keep in mind that it’s what’s best for the animal and there is nothing else you can do. Another task that I’m pretty sure no vet looks forward to is going in late, working late, or working on the holidays. No one wants to do any of that stuff. Especially ith veterinarians, it’s an essential thing. Many times it’s just in case of emergencies in the middle if the night. Veterinarians have a very good salary. They earn a median annual salary of about $80,510 a year as of 2009. At almost $40 an hour, that’s not bad. To get more information about this career choice, I interviewed a vet in training. My sister is going to school right now to become a veterinarian, so I asked her a few questions that I knew she could answer and found out more information. The first thing I asked was what qualifications are required to become a veterinarian?
She replied basically with the same answer as the internet. She said that “it takes many years of schooling and determination, without determination you won’t have what it takes to finish” (Griffin, Sara. Personal Interview. 31 Oct. 2012). After that I asked her what experiences she’s had as a trainee in the veterinary field. She replied, “Everyday turns o9ut to be different. So far I’ve taken temperatures and watched and assisted with a surgery on a dog with an infected tooth. The smell was awful but it was a great learning experience” (Griffin, Sara. Personal Interview. 31 Oct. 2012).
After that she explained to me that each vet experiences something different each day, even if you are still in school. She told me that when I get to that point I’ll probably experience something that never did. The next question I asked her was about the types of animals she’s worked with so far. She said, “I’ve only worked with cats and dogs so far, hopefully that will be all I ever work with” (Griffin, Sara. Personal Interview. 31 Oct. 2012). She said that she hopes those will be the only animals she works with because they are a lot easier to take care of than a horse or a cow or a bunny would.
I also spoke to her about the advantages and disadvantages of going to school to be a veterinarian. She said, “It’s a lot of work and it takes a while to get use to being on your own, but in the end it’s totally worth it” (Griffin, Sara. Personal Interview. 31 Oct. 2012). When I asked about the advantages she replied, “If you love animals, you’ll love your job, and that’s that best advantage that you can look for, of course the money is great, but that’s not why you’ll love it” (Griffin, Sara.
Personal Interview. 31 Oct. 2012). When I asked her about the responsibilities of a vet she told me there are many. “A veterinarian is like the head of the clinic, other than the owners of course. They have a ton of responsibilities; Performing surgery, diagnosing diseases or illnesses, euthanizing a pet, which is the hardest one to do, plus more” (Griffin, Sara. Personal Interview. 31 Oct. 2012). In the end I had to get one more question across, I really wanted to know why she wants to become a veterinarian.
She said, “I just love animals, I read about other jobs that had to do with them but they just didn’t seem as exciting or challenging, so I picked veterinary medicine as my job” (Griffin, Sara. Personal Interview. 31 Oct. 2012). That answer I could relate to. I had done and thought the same thing. I just think that being a veterinarian changes more things than any other animal related job. As soon as I started high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to be. I have switch career choices I don’t know how many times in order for me to choose this one.
I volunteer with animals once a week and I absolutely love it. There’s nothing that I enjoy more. I chose veterinarian because of my love for animals and wanting to help them in their time of need just finalized this as my career choice. I feel that I’m meant to become a veterinarian since I am so good with dogs and cats. Evert time a see one in pain it’s almost like I can feel their pain and I just want to help get rid of it. A veterinarian can do just that. I’m excited to go to school and to get started. I know that this is the right job for me.