It’s that time of the week again. While exiting the first-year classroom during our lunch break, a massive message awaited us on the class event board. The words “puppies” and “adoption” immediately caught everyone’s eyes. This time, a trio of Dachshund-Chihuahua mixed puppies were in need of loving homes. Immediately, many people (myself included) grabbed lab coats and began our ascent up to the school’s adoption center. Upon arriving, it was hard not to get attached to the cute little faces and charming personalities. By the end of the day, each of the puppies ended up going home with one of my classmates.
Even though veterinary school is about learning to take care of animals, I was amazed at how many people left their favorite animal friend back at home. Rest assured, if there are animals that need homes, veterinary students are the perfect kind of people to adopt one. Ever since school started, many of my classmates have found themselves with a new addition to their household that they weren’t planning on. It’s so easy to fall head over heels for a new friend, and that is the reason why any veterinary student is in school to begin with.
One of these days, I think I may end up adopting a cat or dog from the school. I left my cat back at home, which has been one of the most difficult decisions I have made. I am his best friend, but he’s a completely outdoor cat, and he wouldn’t have been able to live as an indoor cat while I’m at school. Plus, it wouldn’t be right to uproot him from the only home he has ever known. Naturally, I have thought about adopting a pet at school, but I don’t think it’s the right time to do so for two main reasons: the fact that I don’t have enough time to devote to a new pet and the difficulties in travelling home for school breaks. Both of these are very important parts of having an animal, and it would make veterinary school much more difficult. However, that may come to an end pretty quickly, because I might not be able to hold off the next time the school has a kitten in need a home.