2 weeks ago
Rescue work isn’t easy, but it is sure worth it! I absolutely love my time spaying and neutering at a local rescue. It’s a great learning opportunity, PLUS who doesn’t like cuddling a baby puppy (don’t worry, he won’t be neutered until he is MUCH bigger). I am fortunate to have these experiences and I highly recommend externships at rescues or rural veterinary practices to all vet students. BUT, when you graduate, you’ll still be a vet! You will have been taught how to spay and neuter in school. You have to be real with yourself when looking for externships or a job about what YOU need to be the best veterinarian you can be. Is it more experience in surgery? Seek an externship where you can do surgery! Is it good mentorship? Make sure when that you talk about that during your interviews with practices. Do you need more time and guidance to feel confident? Maybe an internship is right for you!
Ask questions, be introspective about your weaknesses, do your research, but above all else be real with yourself! Ask yourself where you want to be in five years. If what you are doing doesn’t align with that, then have the courage to change. This is your life, and no one else can live it except for you.
What are your goals for the next five years of your life?