When I was in my pre-vet program, all I thought about was getting into veterinary school to pursue the career that I desire. Here are some thoughts that I would love to share with the passionate, enthusiastic pre-vet me:
- You made the right choice! Veterinary medicine is one of the most wonderful professions in the universe. You are going to work with a group of people that has remarkable depth and breadth of veterinary knowledge, and high level of compassion and professionalism. They are lovely people that care about animals and each member in this profession. In addition, veterinary medicine is a constantly progressing profession and every day is challenging.
- I would suggest you have more research experience, which not only makes a better resume but also helps you gain a better appreciation of “one medicine.” Major scientific breakthroughs in the human or veterinary medical field are applied to its counterpart on a daily basis. This is the beauty of medicine as there are no borders cross-species!
- Be prepared to be separated from family for at least 4 years, which can be emotionally challenging but it’s never easy on the way to achieving your dreams. Make as many phone calls to your family members as possible to help you feel involved in whatever is happening with your family on the other side of the earth.
Even though I wasn’t thinking that much 4 years ago, I am happy that I persisted and pursued what I really wanted to do and the dream is becoming reality in just less than 2 months!