A Life Changing Experience

Sep 29, 2023 12:09PM

Shadowing a vet is probably one of the best things you can do if you're contemplating going to vet school or even tech school. I found a smaller clinic almost a year ago, and have learned so much. More than I could have ever dreamed. While shadowing I learned the importance of teamwork and the dedication these vets and vet nurses (of course :) ) put in. I was showed the nitty gritty of vet medicine. I experienced it all. Yes I will be honest vet medicine isn't all cuddling puppies and play time. When you first step into a clinic for a first time, its diffrent, its not like when you go and take your pet to the clinic for a checkup, its nerve racking, you have a gut wrenching feeling of worry (or at least I did). I was nervous and didn't know what to expect. I'm a planner so I watched every video on YouTube on how to prepare. But when I walked in and met the first person that gut wrenching feeling left, and I knew I made a great decision. I experienced the day to day operations from simple nail trims, to emergency's, to everyday surgeries. I loved it. After I started to feel more comfortable and meet more people and see more procedures, I was becoming more confident. I was learning so much more than I would ever learn from a book. From vaccines, to special blood tests, to helping with patients. If you ever get the chance to shadow or work at a vet clinic... do it!

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Dr. Chris Carpenter
September 29 - 12:09pm

A great post. It is why we encourage every future veterinarian to get out and shadow a vet or volunteer with animals. You learn so much about veterinary medicine and about yourself. There really is no other way to get this kind of education.

Also love how you shared how nervous you were and how much you tried to prepare. I remember how hard it was when I first shadowed a veterinarian. Yet after I did it, I was hooked. I knew this was the profession for me.

Have you tried tracking all these hours on the Vet Volunteer App ? It is free and you will want these notes when you apply to vet colleges.

Again, such well thought out post. Thank you for sharing.

October 3 - 12:10am

I really loved your story! It’s so encouraging!

October 3 - 02:10am

I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it! I hope it inspires others to step into shadowing vets!

October 5 - 01:10am

Yes! I’m hopefully picking up a new wildlife sanctuary volunteer opportunity very soon in my local area! I’m currently showing my Bernese Mountain Dog in the show ring, which has been my favorite experience with handling and working with dogs so far!

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