…I just love animals too much!”
Do you have any idea how much that statement grates on my nerves? What are you trying to say about me, who you just learned is a veterinary student? That I don’t really like animals all that much? Yeah, you’re right. I’m devoting over 8 years of schooling and $200,000+ in debt to go into a profession with the worst debt to income ratio out there… all because I kinda sorta like animals. A little. And this came from a 40+ woman working the drive through at KFC. So you’re telling me that you would’ve been a veterinarian, but because you love animals too much you devoted your life to serving people fried chicken and mashed potatoes?
Okay, so that sounded a little harsh. Especially since I worked plenty of those kinds of jobs. But it just annoys me when people say that, and I’ve heard it a million times.
In fact, you have to REALLY care about animals and their welfare in order to go through all of this to make their lives better. I’m also going into this field because I love and am fascinated by science and medicine. This field is so exciting, it evolves daily, and you never stop learning amazing things. It’s be the best profession ever, and no one goes into it because they feel “meh” about animals. But also no one goes into it because they just want to hug puppies and kittens all day (although I wouldn’t mind that!). It’s a lot more complicated than that, and most people really don’t get it.