10 Reasons Why I Want To Be A Vet

10 Reasons Why I Want To Be A Vet

So. Many. Animal. Puns.

There are so many reasons that go into my decision to put myself through years and years of schooling, that ultimately is harder than medical school, and paying off those hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loans. Even if that reason is me hanging out with the dog at a party, instead of the people there. I can't imagine my life without animals in it, I can't picture a future without seeing and helping animals every single day. I find myself being so much more passionate towards animals over people, thats why I don't want to be a doctor. I already crave every second in the clinic, the field, or the nature preserve and I know I wouldn't feel that for a hospital or medical office. I have had this dream for as long as I can remember and I'm going to give it my all. Heres why:

1. I'm giving a voice to those who don't have one.

Animals can't tell us what they are thinking, feeling, or hurting. I will not only problem solve, but learn so much more about communication between animals and people. I want to help those who can't help themselves. I want to give a voice to the voiceless.

2. I'm saving lives-even if its one at a time.

It might not be a life-altering surgery every day of my life, but if I can do just one thing to help an animal I'll count it as a great day. I love watching those transformation videos because it is that dogs whole world, even if he's just one dog in this world.

3. I think we have so much to learn from animals.

Animals love unconditionally. Animals live freely. Animals will always give you their all to make you happy. We need more people like this in the world, who are just so in love with life and living, that they can only pass it on to others.

4. I'm making a difference in the lives of animals--and people.

Saving animals is going to be amazing, but theres other lives changing in the process as well. I am taking care of people's dogs who they consider family members, Christmas gifts from parents to child, and surprises from spouses that were given. I am helping people help their pets and seeing their faces will be purely priceless.

5. I get to wear scrubs.

I am all for dressing business casual and looking formal for important dates-but when it comes to my everyday attire I can't wait to wear scrubs. I am excited to be comfortable and get to buy cute doggie scrubs.

6. I'll be doing more than surgeries, vaccines, and check ups.

Vets do so much more than the daily routines of shots and temperature checks. They give back to the community by taking in animals, turning their lives around, with their own time and effort, and not expecting a paycheck for it. They do it because they love it, not for a salary.

7. I want to live my childhood dream job.

There will be personal satisfaction in the fact that I grew up into exactly what I wanted to be. I will be working the job I had always imagined for myself. I'm going to be one of those people who end up following their childhood dream job and its going to be great.

8. Its a challenge.

There is a definite challenge in getting through and to vet school itself. Beyond that, there will be days that I want to cry, as I have to put a dog down, and I have to be strong for the family. There will be days when there was nothing else I could do and I have to let an animal go. There will be days that I am hopeless on being able to help, but I will try my best anyway.

9. Everyday is different.

I'm not behind a desk or a register every single day. Some days I might be in a clinic, in the field, or in another country helping sanctuaries. I want to work with zoo animals or marine biology (at least before settling down into a clinic), and to do that I might get the opportunity to travel the world and that is beyond exciting. I never know whats going to walk through the door and into my life.

10. I'm my own boss.

Being a veterinarian means being my own boss. I can make my hours, my schedule, and my appointments at a clinic. I can open my own practice and have a lot of freedom in my choices and job. I find that being a female in a position of power is something to aspire to be.

Being a veterinarian is, to me, so much more than a job--its a career, its a lifestyle choice, and its my passion. Even if the road is long and winding, I want to finish what I started. I want to be able to say that I did it and I am making a difference, at least for myself and the animals. I want to be a veterinarian to show myself that I can do anything I put my mind to and that I didn't give up. I'm doing this for them, ultimately, to give them a voice, and to give them the love they deserve.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.


I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.


Your forever number one fan

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