posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 12:18 PM
Hello everyone! I need some help. I've been considering going back to school for a while now to either become a Behavior Expert or Veterinarian.
As a child, my only dream was to become a veterinarian. Unlike a lot of children, my first pet (I took care of him) was when I was 4 years old and was
a 9 year old Maincoon mix cat (He was my best friend for over 10 years and had to be put down because of cancer.
). Growing up, all I ever wanted
was to help animals. I volunteered at a no-kill shelter for around 6 years while I was in middle school, I found and rescued many strays and dogs that
had gotten out of their owners back yards, and every animal I have currently (3 dogs and a cat) are all rescues. Heck, when growing up, people would
bring their dogs or cats to me to see if I could find out what was wrong (why they were throwing up, if their leg was broken, etc.) We realized I
definitely wasn't qualified to diagnose their animal's ailments, but for the most part I could deduce what was wrong and let them know if they
should take their animal in or just keep an eye on it. To this day my family members still ask me if I know what's going on with our animals instead
of taking them in for simple little stuff.
I remember watching those old Vet shows on Animal Planet growing up and finding what they did incredible. But then I started getting into the
behaviors of animals; particularly dogs and why they act the way they do. I began to do research on the reasons my dog would act a certain way towards
others, when we were playing, while we were on walks, etc. I began to fall in love with the aspect of helping other people learn about what their dogs
behavior means and ways to change that behavior to make their home a better one. Basically, I want to do what Victoria Stilwell (It's Me Or The Dog)
does for a living.
My question to you, ATS, is what do you think I should become? I love both career fields equally as much, and I just can't decide on what to do. What
are your thoughts?