They say in vet school to create an identity other than being a veterinarian. For example, you’re a rock climber, a sommelier, a crafter, something other than you practice veterinary medicine. I know quite a few vets who say on vacations that they create a fake job so when people ask what they do, they’re not immediately bombarded with questions about their cousin’s dog after saying their career. Many classmates of mine have found jobs or activities in the summer that don’t involve animals so as to take a break from the vet student life. Well, not me.
My husband recently came home from the Middle East and I was lucky enough to be able to coordinate a block off from rotations during this time. Naturally, what do I end up doing on this break? Counseling a friend about a new puppy and vaccinations. Working with his dad’s new puppy on obedience. Sedating his mom’s dog for a nail trim.
It’s definitely not anything I mind. In fact, I usually find an excuse to at least stop in to the clinic I work at. I’ll be spending my next break off at the clinic because I love it there and couldn’t count any time there as an external, so I’ll just do it on my own time. I know that it sounds like a problem that I can’t get away from vet med, but to me it means that I’m going into a career that I love and can’t get enough of, which I think is a lot better than most people can say about their jobs.