Veterinarian Research Paper

Veterinarian Research Paper - Auer 1 English 1200 Zoo...

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English 1200 Zoo Veterinarian When I was younger, my parents used to take me to the zoo every summer. Now that I am older, I go more often; this summer I went at least three times. I love to watch all the animals, especially my favorite animals, the elephants. I actually have a picture of the oldest male, Indie, in the zoo I always went to doing a handstand hanging in my room. I remember when a baby elephant at the Rosemond Guildford Zoo in Syracuse, NY was playing in the water with the older elephants and accidentally drown. The trainers tried to get him out and the veterinarians tried to revive him but all attempts failed. It was the saddest day that zoo ever experienced. That was when I first started thinking about becoming a veterinarian at a zoo. I want to be able to help the animals when they need it and cannot help themselves. Being a veterinarian is very difficult and sometimes dangerous but very rewarding. Veterinarians have to do a lot of hard work, from first getting into a school of veterinary medicine, to having the right qualifications to be able to handle the job, almost never having a typical day, and trying to stay healthy when surrounded by disease. Schools for veterinary medicine are very hard to get into. With only twenty-eight accredited veterinary colleges in the United States and entering class sizes averaging between seventy and 120 students, competition is very high and only the best candidates are enrolled. Colleges have an acceptance rate around 43%, most students accepted have grade point averages above a “B” in all science courses studied and have had experience with animals through internships and jobs. The American Veterinary Medical Association states that a student will spend around 4,000 hours in the classroom, laboratory, and in clinical research throughout their Auer 1
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time in the college and the rest of their times goes into studying, reading and research (Veterinary Education). Students choose the college they want to go to based on where they live and what type of animals they would like to treat. Veterinary colleges prefer to enroll residents of the state they are located but do accept a number non-residents (Veterinary Education). There are three different categories of veterinary medicine: household animals, farm animals, and zoo animals. Schools specialize mainly in either household animals or farm animals but do not have a large program for the zoo animals. Colleges usually take four years to complete. Graduates can look forward to an estimated 25,000 job openings within the next seven years and an average of earning $68,280 a year (Summary Report for Veterinarians). Before practicing, a state license is required after graduation and can only be received after passing the state-required exams. To maintain the license, veterinarians need to attend continuing education courses to learn new ideas and techniques in science. This requires a great deal of persistence. Veterinarians need to possess many qualities and qualifications to be successful in their
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