It’s crazy to believe that in less than five months, I’ll be a veterinarian. For as long as I could remember, being a vet has been my goal. Everything I’ve done for the past 20ish years has been leading to the actualization of a lifelong dream. I always knew what my next step would be… high school, then college, then vet school. There was never a true unknown. But now, with graduation in the near future, I am coming face to face with uncertainty. Of course I would love to get a job as a veterinarian, and that is my plan, but where I want to work and with which facet of veterinary medicine leaves a lot of options open.
Many of my clients ask me what my plan is following graduation. I’m somewhat envious of my classmates who already have their next steps figured out. Whether they’re moving on to internships or residency programs, they have their immediate future figured out. I, on the other hand, shrug awkwardly when asked about my future plans and say something like, “Ideally, I’d love to work in a mixed animal practice and work with both large and small animals.”
In order to attempt to give people a more concrete answer when they inquire about my post-graduation game plan, I have begun to search for jobs. I posted my resume on the AVMA job board in order to see what opportunities are out there and have received a lot of positive feedback. I feel so fortunate to be in such a diverse field with so many opportunities. I look forward to embarking on this next journey and know that I will learn so much no matter where I wind up. For now, I will embrace the opportunities to continue to learn during the final months of vet school as I continue to investigate potential jobs, partake in interviews and ultimately select where my first adventures as a veterinarian will take place.