dddayne asked: Hi, I'm still a junior in highschool and I want to be a vet. Any tips? How was school where'd you go?
A couple things to work on before applying to vet school are as follows:
1) Funding. Consider how to best get into vet school to come out with the least amount of student loan debt. This may mean taking your college courses at a state school and going to a state veterinary school. There are also some options of going into the Army to get school paid for, or programs where you work in a rural area and have some debt forgiven. Many vets start with 6 or 7 or 8 times their salary as the amount of debt they have, which is a crushing amount, so consider it carefully.
2) Do well in your required science classes, of course.
3) Don’t neglect extracurriculars: vet schools like a well-rounded student.
4) Obtain a variety of animal experience. 2000 hours of cat and dog veterinary experience isn’t as appealing to admissions as 1000 hours of cat and dog, 500 hours of horse and cow, 200 of exotics, and 300 in an animal laboratory.
I really enjoyed my veterinary school, Western University, and its unique problem-based learning curriculum instead of just lectures. However, it was very expensive, which was a big downside. Ultimately I’m glad I went there but the choice is very individual.
rainbowcatvomit asked: We had a case similar to that at the Hospital I work at, except it was the Lyme Vx, and the dog's face swelled pretty badly. Usually we always offer an injection of diphenhydramine before administering any vaccines. I'm glad that in your case that the dog had the reaction as they were checking out and not after the client left, and I'm glad she was okay.
Yeah, it’s hard to know who will have a reaction, and who won’t. Pugs, Chihuahuas, and Dachshunds are all prone to it, but any breed can have it happen, it depends on the individual.
Anonymous asked: hi! am i able to ask you vet-related questions?
Sure! I do have to admit I am not quite as good about answering my messages as I would like to be (part of that is that Tumblr on my computer won’t let me answer messages) but you can certainly send questions in.