It’s been said thousands of times, vet school is hard. The countless hours we sit through lectures and labs and the painstaking time we spend studying for exams can make it easy for us to forget why we are here. Every now and then, it’s nice to make an inventory of the reasons that you are here and what keeps you going. I’d like to share a few of my reasons with you, and I invite you to share yours with me.
1. My son.
I have a four-year-old that means the world to me. It excites me to have a career that I love and he has been able to watch me follow my dream and I hope that I can show him that when he grows older and gets to choose his own career path, that he can do anything he wants. I hope he knows that I will fully support him in whatever makes him happy and he can truly do anything he puts his mind to. Going through this challenging experience of vet school and making it to that finish line has inspired me to believe that if I can do this, than I (and you) can do anything that I put my mind to and am passionate about.
2. My pets.
Every pet that I have had throughout my life has contributed to where I am now and I am doing this for them. Each of my pets whether it was a dog, cat, turtle, bird, fish, and even a tarantula, have added to my continued love and compassion for animals no matter what the species. I owe it to my wide array of exotic species (that my parents so lovingly let me have) for my enthusiasm and aspiration to be in a career in that expertise.
3. Real life experiences.
I encourage you all to take the time to get out of the classroom and put those lectures to good use. Many of your schools will offer plenty of outside experience. For example, there are feral cat neuter/spay programs where you can get surgery experience, volunteering at shelters where you can practice your physical exam skills, and other wet labs where you can take what you are learning in the classroom and see how in the not-so-distant future you will be using those skills. These special encounters are what keep me going through school, reaffirming the reason that I am excited to be here.
If you are feeling the pressure of classes, I invite you to take a moment and share in the comments what your reasons for being here in vet school are!