Just before the semester ended, we were informed that we would need to begin thinking about our veterinary stream. OVC has a few options including Small Animal, Equine, Mixed Animal, and Rural Community Practice. Come third-year, each student is expected to select a stream, which then determines the rotations we take in our fourth-year.
Throughout my veterinary career, I have always imagined myself in small animal medicine. I never thought of working with anything other than domestic animals and exotics. Surprisingly, I have become more uncertain as veterinary school has progressed. I have a newfound love for small ruminant and equine medicine. The more I learn, the more I begin to question my next steps as a veterinary student and my future career.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a feasible way to combine all my passions. I cannot dedicate myself to treating only domestics, horses, and small ruminants. That career does not exist. It would make the most sense to choose mixed animal practice. The problem is that I have no desire to work with cattle, poultry, or swine. If I choose the mixed animal stream, a large portion of my rotations will be occupied by beef, dairy, and swine medicine. This feels like time wasted when I know for certain that I do not want to work with those species.
All I know is that I need to start seriously thinking about my future and where my career interests lie. The decisions I make within the next year will follow me throughout the rest of my career. The pressure is on, but I’m sure everything will work out for the best.