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!