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What specialized area did you focus on during your studies? Why?
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Animals almost never respond in the same way. Each dealing with an animal must be taken on an individual basis.
I have had experiences dealing with animals my entire life. When I was young I had every pet imaginable, from guinea pigs to even a pony in my yard. When I was in junior high and high school I volunteered at a wildlife center rehabilitating native California wildlife and educating the public. Six years ago I decided to become involved in veterinary medicine due to my love of animals and strong interest in the medical aspect involved.
I grew up on a small farm and have worked with many different types of animals: dogs, cats, horses, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, and even a few hamsters. I have also had the chance to handle mice, rats, ferrets, snakes, and turtles.
Cat rescue for 35 years. Feral cat socialization. Tech assistant for an all cat practice. Working with sick and injured animals. Working with my own dogs. Restraint, volunteer at local shelter preparing animals for offsite by giving vaccines, running tests, behavior assessment, socialization.
Ive dealt with animals my whole life, raising from newborns to old age. Bottle feeding, feeding daily, medications.
Ive delt with lots of animals and will continue to do so long after my job is completed.
I have a lot of experience dealing with the animals in school as well as my own pets and animals at organizations which I volunteered at.
Ive dealt with nice animals, mean and vicious animals, hyperactive, sad, sick, funny, crazy, and almost any other adjective you can think of. Ive had some beautiful experiences with some of these animals, and ive had some scarring (literally) experiences with them. Animals enrich my life, I wouldnt trade any of the experiences ive had.
Why should i have you working with animals?
I have been around animals my entire life, I have worked in two clinics and shadowed in two others. I am an animal science major so I have interacted with all livestock species and performed a variety of basic husbandry skills from medicating to assisting during calving, cleaning wounds.