My name is Emily. I am a 7th grader in New England. I have known since 3rd grade that I wanted to go to Cornell to be a vet. I finally found this website and discovered all kinds of amazing ways to be a vet. I would like to become a zoological veterinarian and take care of tigers, and wolves, and all kinds of animals, especially endangered animals. I heard about one of the trips you can go on in high school to learn about being a vet such as the Costa Rica Veterinary Experience with the Broad Reach Program and have been doing everything I can think of to save up and plan for how to be able to do it. I also started fostering dogs. I love animals and after a long time of writing essays, asking, and doing research, my parents agreed to let me find a rescue to foster dogs. I volunteered before at a Humane Society near by and helped out with the cats. I love fostering the dogs and helping give dog who were previously mistreated, strays, or whose families just didn't have enough time for them and giving them another chance by helping find them a new home that they will love and who will keep them safe and happy. Some people may wonder how you can just take care of the dogs and then give them away. I think of it as me helping them prepare for their new family. Like pet sitting. I could help teach them house manners or new tricks and make videos that can go on their petfinder pages. I know that helping find them a new home is one of the best things I can do for them right now. I also gain animal experience because I want to be a vet. I get experiences with medical things that can happen with dogs like heart worm, and things. The last dog I fostered they think was hit by a car and broke her elbow when she was a stray and it healed on its own. It didn't hurt her and she had a wonderful spirit, but I was interested in learning why she limped, and how it healed. Since I don't have access to x-ray machines or anything obviously, I just looked at it while she was laying down and compared it to her other legs and noticed how the bones aligned slightly differently. I also get experience in training and learning about diets and different types of products for different animals and more. I have done hours of research and know exactly what I want to do now. I hope to find as many opportunities as I can to help animals and become a zoological veterinarian
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