Today is one of those days that I have spent, what feels like eternity, studying for my Veterinary Terminology Exam and I ended up asking myself WHY? Why study? In the end I'm not going to be making a "bunch" of money but then I sat down and really thought about why I got into this field in the first place. My love for animals! I have always been drawn to animals and in helping them when in need.
When I was little girl I remember trying to adopt every pet that was left behind in front of our house. I guess people already knew we loved animals with all the pets that we had. I had goats, chickens, parakeets, dogs, cats, and cockatiels and we also had cattle in the fields next to our home. The cattle weren't ours though they always found a way to our land to feed and spook my chickens. I always knew I wanted something to do with either marine life or animals. At first I wanted to do Marine Biology, which in a way I still would love to do some day, but decided to stick with Vet Tech. I did start my college experience working on my Pre-Veterinary Bachelors degree and being an Army spouse and moving from where we were at I had to change to Vet. Tech. I don't mind though. God knows what He is doing and plus, studying for my Pre- Med helped me learn many other things that have helped me out now on my journey to being a Vet. Tech.
During my last several years of college life I've had the privilege to work with some very amazing and intelligent people. I have met many outstanding professors over Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenessee as well as met many Veterinarians who have helped me out in many ways.
While in college at Austin Peay I decided to join the Pre-Vet Club and join them on some of their events. One of the events that really opened up my eyes and kept me going was volunteer work at the local animal shelter where we drew blood on dogs to see if they tested positive or negative for the blood worm tests. The dogs in these shelters were knew and super friendly. I seriously wanted to take them all home with me but I couldn't. It broke my heart and knowing that they tested negative for heart worms just made my day. It gave them a better chance at being adopted. Those who tested negative either got treatment or got euthanized which totally devastated me. Very few tested negative and usually by the next weekend that we came back most were already adopted out which was a great relief. During this event I had the privilege to do my first blood draw and also learn how to hold off on a vein and restrain a dog. It was pretty exciting. We all took turns doing it and I must say that we had a very great teacher, Dr. Webb (DVM and a professor at Austin Peay).
About 10 months after having my daughter Bella I decided to start shadowing at Animal Hospital in Clarksville, TN. A few weeks later I got hired. I love watching the surgeries and learning how to take care of both the pet and the owner and meet their every concern and need. I loved how each Veterinarian at the facility had such pride in their work and such love for each animal that made me keep pushing through to keep studying so that one day I can feel that pride of being able to help out animals every day. I learned a lot at the clinic and even had the honor to meet the mayor of Clarksville who took her little pooch to our clinic. How cool is that?
During the summer of 2013 I got accepted into an internship at Walden's Puddle Rehabilitation Center. This was by far my most favorite experience ever. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all fun and games, there was no fun and games really just tons of work and no break but it was worth it. They are a very understaffed center with more animals than what they can handle but somehow they manage to get them all fed, rehabilitated, treated, and ready to go back into their natural environment. I mainly worked with possums, squirrels, fawns, wild birds such as owls and blue jays. I also got to handle and help rehabilitate ducks and geese. It was a lot of work for one day but it was such a great experience especially knowing that these animals will be back in the wild once again just how nature intended. It's truly an amazing experience.
Today I asked myself why I was studying to be a Vet. Tech. Well this is why! I love animals and I am very passionate about helping them whether I make money or not. Just having the knowledge needed to properly care for them and nurture them back to help is all I need. To one day feel that pride in me of being able to help another living thing. That education to be able to give each animal out there the proper love, care, affection, and health that they need to live a long, happy, and very healthy life. I hope to continue to learn great things and help many animals in need.
Do what you are passionate about and follow your dreams. Things may seem hard at times or like you will never reach your goal but with hard work and determination you will succeed. Only you have control of your life and your future. Learn what you love and live your passion.
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