This morning we didn’t have much on the schedule, so we were able to sleep in a little bit before heading out to look at some calves. Pappy had us again today, and we spent about two hours looking at a herd of stocker calves discussing signs of illness and methods of surveillance and treatment. After that we were released to spend the day however we wished.
I went straight to the grocery store to stock up for the month.
On the schedule for the rest of the day:
Food prep for the week
Working with the horses
Run +/- Jillian Michaels workout
Cleaning the house
Over the past few weeks I’ve been keeping a list of ideas for blog topics as they come to me, and today I want to talk about some important things I’ve learned in my final year or two of vet school.
It is SO important that you realize your dreams and make them happen.
I went into vet school with the pipe dream that I would one day be an upper level sport horse or Olympic team veterinarian. My first few years of veterinary school, however, I worked towards a more “practical” goal of becoming a mixed animal veterinarian with a focus on equine medicine. At some point during those first two to three years, I realized that: 1) I wasn’t able to commit 100% to being a spectacular equine veterinarian if I was working on dogs and cats and 2) I wasn’t doing justice to the dogs and cats if I was focusing so thoroughly on equine medicine. Many nights were spent discussing my future with my boyfriend. He insisted that I follow my dreams and told me a million times that he would support me and help me to get where I wanted to go (thank you so much boyfriend!). This led me to the decision to track large animal during my fourth year with an equine focus.
I had to consciously realize that my dream was not to be a mixed animal veterinarian, but to be a veterinarian who is able to travel with and treat some of the most athletic horses in the world. This created a lot of guilt for me, and it’s taken me until now to recognize it and let it go. I felt like I was betraying my training and my vocation as a veterinarian, to essentially turn my back on small animal medicine.
How many times have you heard the saying, “if you love what you do, you won’t ever work a day in your life”? And how many times during vet school have I questioned my dedication to veterinary medicine? I think these questions have stemmed from the fact that I am not happy in a hospital setting, and while I do enjoy working with dogs and cats, my true passion is for equine competition medicine. I want to be outside, at horse shows, spending time with the people who remind me of the people I grew up with. I want to work with horses like my own, and I want to help their riders get the most out of these incredible athletes that they can.
Last fall I was offered a sport horse internship (beginning this June) at one of the largest equine hospitals in the country. I am so excited that soon I will be doing exactly what I love, hanging out at horse shows all day, year round, while still practicing veterinary medicine.
So, what is my take home message for you? Do what you love. Even if you think it’s impossible or doesn’t exist, the perfect job is out there for you. It might not even exist yet, but you have to persevere and try to find a way to make your dream job happen for you.