The sitcom “Silicon Valley” is the product of pure comedic genius. The show is rife with many funny characters who, to one degree or another, are helping grow a startup called Pied Piper, which is involved in data compression. One of the running gags is that many start-ups these days are branding their businesses with the tagline: “Making The World A Better Place.” Instead of placing the focus on making money, the shift is to address how the latest app or whichever product under development is somehow going to positively contribute to humanity. One of the main characters, Erlich Bachman, goes so far as completing a vision quest in order to find a clever company name or slogan but ends up fixated on “Making The World A Better Place.”
How are vets making the world a better place? In my mind, they go far beyond helping humanity. They are involved in animal health, public health (through preventing transmission of disease between animals and people), education, and more. The most frequent question I get when I tell someone that I am studying to be a vet is, “Why?” Admittedly, I get tired of answering the same thing over and over, so I will offer different reasons because my desire to work with animals is multifactorial. But in essence, I suppose I want one thing: to come to the end of my life feeling satisfied with my values and the relationships that I had with family, friends, and animals with whom I had the pleasure of interacting.