I wanted to start things off by explaining a little bit more about why I decided to get this site up and running in the first place. This will be a theme that I’ll keep coming back to over the months and years to come, as I know that my own thinking and goals will evolve with time. However, I have done some pretty serious thinking already, and I want to share that with you, my fellow dreamers.
My first and primary goal is to provide valuable and practical advice for people who are considering a career in veterinary medicine, or a career change for those within the field already.
As a relatively new vet myself (I graduated from Tufts in 2009), I can still vividly remember every step along the way of my own path. I was that kid who was always checking out the animal books from the library, begging my parents to let me have every imaginable exotic pet, and even starting my own backyard egg business during middle school.
Now, at the grand old age of thirty-two years, I’ve gone from that animal-crazy kid to a full-blown practicing veterinarian. Not only that, but I’m also an officer in the U.S. Army, and I have a very rough assignment right now at a little Naval base in Sicily, Italy. (Note: sarcasm doesn’t always come through very well in writing). I went through all the classic stages required of those who dream of an exciting and fulfilling career as a vet: volunteering at a variety of vet clinics, studying hard in high school, college, and vet school, and passing way more exams than I care to remember.
That said, my path has included quite a few unique steps, and that’s what I think you’ll be most interested in. You see, I knew from the beginning that I didn’t really want to work with dogs and cats for my whole life. Sure, I love these animals as much as the next vet, and I will always treasure my family pets. I can deeply appreciate the satisfaction of supporting the important role our pets play in today’s world.
However, I was always much more interested in reading every page of Ranger Rick and National Geographic than in Dog Fancy or Pet Planet. I spent several years as a kid going to the National Zoo on a weekly basis, but I’ve still never been to a dog show. Don’t get me wrong: I’m glad there are plenty of vets who do love working with dogs and cats and never really wanted to do anything else.
It’s just that this is not me, and I don’t think it’s the dream of most kids who grow up to become college students, vet students, and finally vets one day. Most of us imagined working with a much wider variety of animals and even contributing to some of the really big issues facing our planet today: endangered species, emerging diseases, scarcity of resources, public health, and more.
I’ve launched this site to give you the resources you need to pursue these dreams. I’m talking about practical advice and step-by-step directions on how you can make it through school and land a dream job doing what you love.
This site will provide you with the resources you need to find out-of-the-ordinary opportunities within the broad field of veterinary medicine. Some of them might just be a one-week break you needed to reenergize before getting back to real life. Others might take you on a months-long adventure you always dreamed of. And who knows, maybe you’ll be introduced to something here that turns into a whole new career and life for you, one you never even imagined might be possible.
But I won’t stop there. After exposing you to these opportunities, I’m very aware of the fact that you also need a way to pay for them. I’ll give you the tools you need to get the funding you want, at whatever level is necessary to make these visions a reality.
I don’t have all the answers myself, not in the least, but I’m going to bring the experts to you. I’ll have interviews with veterinarians working in all sorts of cool and unique fields. The focus will probably lean towards the wildlife and zoo fields, but we’ll have plenty of input from epidemiologists, international development consultants, public health researchers, exotic animal clinicians, and even authors and other media personalities.
Basically, I want to help expose you to the wide world of veterinary medicine: reminding you or showing you for the first time that vets do a whole lot more than treat pet dogs and cats. Not only that, though. I’ll also be helping you learn how to make the right connections, write the best applications, and find the money you need to make this dream a reality.
Thanks for joining me!