My experiences prior to vet school were heavily focused on small animals. I worked in a small animal clinic, dog boarding/grooming facility, and volunteered at the humane society all throughout high school. I had little exposure to large animals and knew few things about their care and handling. Once I started taking classes in undergrad, I was able to gain more exposure to large animals but even then I never felt capable of caring or handling them. Aside from my animal science courses, my study abroad trips allowed me to gain a little more hands-on experience with cows, sheep, and pigs. Other than that, I went into vet school hoping to learn the bare minimum about large animals but never actually ending up working with them once I graduated.
So here I am, finishing the last semester of third-year before clinics. I am now tracking mixed animal which I NEVER thought would happen. I submitted my block preferences and smiled when I realized how far I’ve come since starting vet school. I’m working with large animals more often AND enjoying it. I applied to a Master’s in Public Health program. I’m doing so many things I never thought I’d do! This just goes to show how much you can learn and grow while in vet school. Your interests will change and you’ll find that you may not be interested in something you once had your heart set on!
So, if you’re wanting to go to vet school but not sure what kind of veterinarian you want to be, that’s okay! If you’re a current vet student that still has no clue what you want to do, that’s okay! Don’t fight the exploration and changes vet school presents to you. You will be introduced to so many disciplines and it’s truly amazing how many opportunities are out there for us.