How to Become A Vet
Being a Veterinarian is one of the most amazing jobs in the whole world. It’s so special, fantastic and satisfying. I have a smile on my face every single day when I wake up. I smile because I get to go to work. I get to help animals and people pay me to do this. This isn’t just my dream job, it’s something more than that. It’s truly, truly, amazing.
I don’t come from a rich family or background. But, growing up, I loved animals. I wanted, and I needed, to do something truly special with my life. I didn’t need to follow everyone else – we all have different paths. I found my niche – I wanted to become a Veterinarian.
I didn’t get to be a vet just like that. It took work. Serious, hard work. I had no money or financial support. But I needed to do this. I wanted it. I HAD to be a Vet. I committed. I read books about being a vet. I put my all into it. I made it work. Any dream you can dare to dream you can dare to make come true.
I believed in myself. I had to. Someone had to. Sure, sometimes it wasn’t easy. But I stuck with it. I got the qualifications I needed and, eventually, I made it to Vet School. I’m from California but I made the leap and attended what is probably the best Vet School in Europe – the Royal Veterinary College, or RVC.
At RVC I spent the first 3 years in attending all kinds of lecture. We learnt the theory – there’s a lot of it. It’s not like being a human Doctor – there’s so much more as we have to know everything about a range of different animals. From monkeys and apes to lions and tigers, from spiders and snakes to rabbits and ferrets, from cats and dogs to hamsters and horses.
When I was younger, I never thought I’d make it. I really didn’t. I was wrong. I now drive around in a veterinary ambulance and have my stethoscope draped around my neck. I am what I always dreamed of being. I made my dream a reality. I am a real-life veterinary hero!
In addition I have a degree in animal behavior from when I worked at Sand Diego Wild Animal Park and San Diego Zoo. I worked closely with primate cognition research groups, monitoring Bonobos – it was an amazing experience.
Don’t give up on your dreams. I once said “I Want To Become A Vet“. My dream came true, and so can yours.