My Decision Not to Become a Veterinarian
Why I like vets but would never want to be one – anymore.
When I was younger I thought I would love nothing more than to be a veterinarian, not a vet that cares so well for our dogs, cats and other family pets, but a large animal vet, to be more specific, I wanted to specialize in horses and breeding, becoming a veterinarian seemed like a natural choice for me.
You may ask why I didn’t pursue my dreams of becoming a veterinarian? To be completely honest my younger self did not believe I could handle the years of schooling, nor could I at that time, afford the financial costs involved.
Up until the past several years I wondered how my life would have been different if I had pursued the dream of becoming a veterinarian. Instead of living in the city maybe I would be living on a farm surrounded by animals, large and small. I would spend my days with the animals that I love, caring and treating them, and hopefully, saving them all.
But would this have been a reality or just a dream? Maybe there was a reason I didn’t follow this path of becoming a veterinarian?
I believe now that being a veterinarian may not have been for me. It’s not all puppy dog visits and fluffy kittens. There are days that can and do include making difficult decisions that affect the lives of animals and the humans that love them. I believe being a vet today is a very difficult, and yes, a very stressful profession.
When I was growing up there was no Internet to type in your pets’ symptoms. If my pet was unwell and my vet told me my dog or cat needed or didn’t need something I took their word for it.
Today vets have to compete with “Doctor Google” and the world of social media. There is no shortage of people telling us what’s wrong with our pet and what they think is the best way to treat and care for them. Veterinarians are having to defend themselves as to why you should or shouldn’t believe what you read online.
Of course I’m not saying you should believe everything you’re being told – actually “believe” is not the proper word to use. When my veterinarian suggests a medical treatment or plan of action for any of my pets and I’m not completely sure of what is being told to me, or why my vet is making these suggestions, I ask questions – sometimes I ask a lot of questions!
Asking questions helps me understand what my vet is suggesting and why it is important to my pet and their situation at that time . It could be a discussion with my vet about medications, procedures, or what vaccinations my pet needs and how often they need them.
Just like people, our pets and their health situations are not all the same. Some pets need to be treated differently than others because that’s what would work best for them at that time.
And of course I am not so naive to believe that every vet has all the answers. As with any profession, and every person you meet, some we get along with, some we don’t – that’s life.
I wonder no more about the decision I made not to go into the veterinarian field, but I thank those that have and dedicate their lives to helping animals. I’m thankful my vet is there for me from the puppy and kitten stage, that they are comforting to me when my pets are ill, and helpful and supportive as my pets age.
Veterinarian’s and veterinarian technicians help keep my pets healthy so I can enjoy life with my pets for as long as possible. And that’s what really matters.