When I used to work as a dog bather at a grooming salon I felt like it was similar to vet med in the sense that I took care of other people's animals and interacted directly with the owners. But it does seem a tad tame (especially after standing up and prepping cats for 5 hours straight). Also... owners of pets can be kinda crazy, and I know my people skills lack luster.
It seems just so diverse, even though I've narrowed my choice down to veterinary medicine, there is still so much I can do.
On a thread, I found an AMA from a first year veterinary student, so I asked a few questions. They were pretty helpful and interesting. Here's what I got from it:
- Schools want "well-rounded" individuals with "life-changing" experiences or accomplishments
- Schools want you to be interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine, they don't want you to slot yourself into 'small-animal private practice' right out of undergrad
- There are 2-6 interviewers, typically 2-3 (how nerve-wracking!)
- apply to schools that genuinely work best for you, don't force yourself to be somewhere miserable if you can help it.
- personal statements on applications are important
- BE PASSIONATE!
I'm still gathering up knowledge about this, and striving to improve myself as I go (character, academics, etc.)
Here's to pondering, 'cause it'll get you somewhere if you keep at it!