When I was a freshman pre-veterinary student, I was told I would never be a veterinarian. I was sitting in my advisor’s office scheduling my spring semester and I openly objected, “You’re wrong. Watch me.” I’ll be the first to admit, I went home and cried. I couldn’t imagine not becoming one. I spent the next month researching jobs and making a list of other potential careers that were not related to veterinary medicine. Even though I finally made it into veterinary school, considering backups was one of the best decisions of my life. With a national average of only about 33% of people who apply being accepted into veterinary school, it is always a great idea to expand those horizons.
If all else fails, at least you better prepare yourself for the future. Some of us, like myself, knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was young and never really explored other options. It may just happen that you find something you love more. Others were unsure until they began to apply to veterinary school. For many, this is a second career. I have never been one to put all my eggs in one basket and am so thankful I explored other prospects. With my extensive research, I found some amazing careers and gained an even deeper respect for the people in those fields. It has led me to gain a deeper appreciation for veterinary medicine and even lead me to the Masters in Public Health degree that I will start in the summer.