Being a veterinarian is one of the most fulfilling, yet
challenging professions. While the satisfaction you get when helping out animals
every day is unmeasurable, the feeling you get when having to put one down can
sometimes become unbearable. If you are convinced this is your dream job and
want to become a veterinarian, there are some things you have to keep in mind
before pursuing this career.
Learning never stops
Just like human medicine, becoming a veterinarian requires a
lot of studying and practice. It is amongst the hardest postgraduate degrees,
but learning does not stop once you finish school. You will have to keep
yourself up to date with new discoveries, as well as best practices in rehabilitering
dyr. The best way to learn during school is to do a lot of volunteering and
gain experience working in a vet cabinet. It will help you learn how to deal
with difficult animals, how to talk to owners and how to pull yourself together
when being faced with the unfortunate situation where you have to put an animal
It is a very competitive field
The great news is that the demand for veterinarians has
increased tremendously in the past few years, which means you will have quite a
few options when you graduate. On the other hand, the competition is quite
fierce and you will have to be extremely well prepared to land the desired job.
A lot of students are forced to move to another city to find a job in the
field, so be prepared to relocate once you finish school. Working in a dyreklinikk does
not always mean having to deal with cats, dogs and small pets. In fact, areas
with a lot of farms are the most demanding ones.
Things may not always go as planned
As opposed to humans, who come to the doctor’s office and
can point towards where they’re hurting, or explain their symptoms, pets can’t
talk, so you need to be able to predict their actions by analyzing their
behavior as well. A scared dog may be more unpredictable than you think, or you
may be finding yourself having to climb on a chair to get a scared cat down
from the highest shelves. One thing you can be sure of: not one day is the same
in the vet clinic.
You will deal with the owner just as much
“One of the hardest parts of this job is having to deliver
the bad news to a devastated owner.” say the doctors from a dyreklinikk Nittedal,
Norway. Sometimes, you will have to go through a lot of talking to convince the
owner that some extreme measures may be the best way to save their pet’s life.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are owners who would rather pay for a
fancy pair of shoes, rather than get their cat neutered, to prevent her from
running from home and getting hurt again. Those cases can get on your nerves
quite a lot, but the good news is that no veterinarian is contractually
obligated to handle difficult owners.