1. The reason I have chosen this profession?
I have a small farm myself and have or have had horses, calves, dogs, cats, chickens & rabbits. I love it and want to be able to care for my own animals as wells as help others. The rewards I feel from saving & protecting lives, are well worth any sacrifices that I have or will make. I feel so lucky that I can enjoy going to school and learning about something that I am interested in and passionate about.
Animals always seem to find their way to my house. One time there was a stray cat that had a big puss filled swelling behind his ear, on his head. It was drawing his eye upward. I could not pet or catch him. I fed him and put on my welding gloves and while he was eating I held him and applied medicine to the area. The next day, when I returned from work, the swelling had burst. I applied more medication in the same manner and within 2 days the area was healing.
I am an animal lover and I get great satisfaction from caring for and helping animals. I’ve gone through emotional stresses caring for and loosing animals. My baby calf I recently lost, had eaten some poisonous weeds and was down. He could not stand and was affecting his nervous system somewhat. I would not leave him for more than 2 hours at a time, so I could be there to give him water, medicine, his bottle, grain or grass hay. Sometimes, I was checking on him every hour. Poor baby hung in there for 3 weeks, but we lost the fight. Sometimes this is just part of life, but I know I done my very best to help him while working with my vet.
In 1999 Dr Tracy McNamara was the first person (Veterinarian) to determine that zoo animals and wild birds were dying from the same disease that was infecting people in NY. See http://www.avma.org/educators/teacher_guide/biomedical_grade4.pdf
In the early 1900’s vets proved that insects transmit diseases and this has helped to protect animals and people from many deadly...