Dr. Chris Carpenter has worked for over 10 years to help tweens and teens explore their dreams of becoming a veterinarian.
“Unlike other professionals, the majority of veterinarians practicing today made their career decision when they were very young.” Dr. Carpenter says. “In fact, I made my decision to become a veterinarian when I was eleven years old. Today’s aspiring veterinarians are no different. Working with animals is a calling for them and they are passionate about it.”
“I made my decision to become a veterinarian when I was eleven years old."
To help his future colleagues explore their dreams, Dr. Carpenter created Vet Set Go, the first and only web community dedicated to aspiring veterinarians. “Classroom presentations are fine,” says Dr. Carpenter. “I wanted to give today’s aspiring veterinarians something much more powerful. I wanted to give them a way to go behind the scenes and meet veterinarians. I wanted them to hear from veterinarians and see what they do.”
Dr. Carpenter’s is also a published author. His latest book “Vet Set Go!” was written to solve a problem most future veterinarians face. “A future veterinarian typically makes his or her decision to become a veterinarian before they are 13 years of age” Dr. Carpenter explains. “They then learn very quickly that it is hard to find places where they can get animal experience and/or volunteer at that age. Vet Set Go! helps them to solve this problem. It is full of ideas on how aspiring veterinarians can explore their dream today.”
Dr. Carpenter holds a license to practice veterinary medicine in multiple states throughout the US. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Science Teachers Association. In addition to his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from New Hampshire College.
Today, in addition to his work with Vet Set Go, Dr. Carpenter directs the non-profit Companion Animal Parasite Council. An organization that is dedicated to keeping pets and people protected from parasitic diseases.
Raised as a “military brat” who grew up all over the country, Dr. Carpenter now lives in St. Augustine, Florida with his wife, daughter and a goofy Labradoodle named Jackson. In his spare time, you will find him taking in the Florida sun as he surfs, road bikes, swims, or spends time with Jackson at the neighborhood dog park.