As the semester comes to an end, one of our tasks is to write a short paper on our career goals. To those of you out there who read this blog, you would probably think the answer to this would be quite simple. Everyone on this blog, everyone in my class, and everyone applying to veterinary school ultimately wants to be a veterinarian. But to be completely honest, it just isn’t as simple as that.
Right now I am caught between focusing on food animal medicine and doing mixed animal work. To make things even worse, VMCVM uses a track-based system, and I need to make a final track decision by June. Although it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, because I’ll be able to work with all species, it certainly will have a big impact on the remainder of my time in veterinary school. If I choose food animal, then most of my clinical year will revolve around large animal work, whereas if I go mixed, then I will get to pick and choose rotations to my liking.
We’ve also been encouraged to think about where we’d like to end up working after we graduate. It would be nice to go back to Vermont or somewhere in the area like upstate New York or New Hampshire. But honestly, all I can think about is making it to graduation at this point. If I don’t, I won’t have to worry about where I will work because I won’t have a DVM.
Ultimately, what this all comes down to is that I am awful at making decisions. I am as indecisive as can be, but in the end I know that I will make the right choice. The future is never a guarantee, and I have gone through many experiences and made many choices that have taken me down unexpected paths. So even though I have an idea of what I want to do, I try to always keep an open mind to other opportunities.