My Career Goal: Working With Animals

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There is a Pedigree dog commercial I see on television which catches my eye and my heart. It tells us to not pity a shelter animal. When I decided to become a Veterinary Technician, I anticipated working in a veterinarian office. Approximately one year ago, I began volunteering for the Denver Dumb Friends League at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock. This experience has led me to consider working in a shelter instead of a vet office. A shelter is not necessarily the easiest place to work, and I have certain criteria I will look for in a career. I enjoy a variety of responsibilities as opposed to doing the same thing every day. In addition to working with animals, I enjoy interacting with people, especially kids. One of the main reasons I want to be a vet tech is to care for animals which are sick or in need. There are tremendous pros and cons to working in a shelter. In the following paragraphs, I will evaluate whether a shelter career is right for me based on the following criteria: the changing atmosphere, educational opportunities and my compassion toward animals. It is important for me to have a job that is varied. My volunteer role involves helping with surgery, giving animals their medicine and processing incoming animals. Each volunteer shift, at the Dumb Friends League, brings a novel experience. On occasion, exotic breeds of animals arrive, such as the time animal control brought in a wolf/dog hybrid. These hybrids are illegal to own, but we processed him, so he could be taken to a sanctuary. Other times, I witness kittens born and experience the amazing scene of a mother and her babies. My favorite experience is when a lost animal has a microchip because we can reunite them with their family. A recent highlight is t... ... middle of paper ... He adapted quickly to only having three legs, and was named Trio. My desire to work in a shelter was not anticipated. Volunteering and observing the love and compassion of Buddy Center staff and other volunteers made a tremendous impact on me. The full quote from the Pedigree TV commercial perfectly sums up my feelings: “Shelter dogs aren’t broken. They’ve simply experienced more life than other dogs. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write. The ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don’t pity a shelter dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side” (Pedigree Heroes Adoption Drive). Working in a shelter will meet my job criteria because the atmosphere changes often, I am able to work and interact with people, and caring for animals is the primary goal.
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