Do you love animals or enjoy science? Have you ever thought about being a veterinarian? If you can answer Yes! to the two questions, than like myself, you would enjoy the Adventures in Veterinary Medicine program!
I spend the first two weeks in August at Tufts University Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine: Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) in Massachusetts. A program that involved getting two recommendations, your transcript, and filling out a long applicant; something I didn’t expect to do until senior year for college. After all the hard work and getting accepted, I was ready for an adventures and that’s what I got.
Imagine spending two weeks not only learning about becoming a veterinarian, but physically being one. Having lectures in actual college rooms on zoonoses, emergency veterinary medicine and other animal-related issues. Having to wear scrubs like a real doctor does while visiting the small and large animal hospitals. Shadowing an fourth year veterinarian student as they work with other animals. Working with vet students at Tufts Wildlife Clinic, this involves animals like hawks, goose, turtles, eagles and even baby tigers. Being allowed into a large room with five hawks flying over you; imagine the excitement as well as being terrified as you feed them, they fly down trying to grab the food you just gave them, being only inches away from you. Many more adventures also included holding a ten feet long boa constrictor, putting a cast on a small dog’s back leg, watching an older cat get a tumor taken out of its lower stomach, catching baby chickens, holding a piglet, learning the difference between a sick horse and a health one, tipping a sheep and learning how they train guard dogs for the blind. Getting an opportunity to become a Veterinarian is the perfect opportunity!
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