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Veterinarians have the important responsibility of being the bridge between the caretaker and the animal, whether it's for companion animals, farm animals, working animals, or wildlife. Not only do they diagnose and treat patients, but they also contribute to research, public health, and food safety. The veterinary field is very broad and encompasses many different specializations and disciplines. For example, a veterinarian working for the USDA is responsible for regulating the use of medicated feeds and drugs for animals designated to the food industry and making sure that the animals themselves are in good health and are up to the USDA standards. Not only are they essential to the animals' well being, but their efforts can also prevent transmittable diseases to both humans and other animals. Besides, being on the front line and seeing new diseases arising can push research further along to improve and protect public and animal health. For example, shelter veterinarians are at the forefront of protecting our communities. They serve to aid the underserved animals by protecting them and people against common zoonotic diseases such as rabies, trichinosis, and lyme disease since these animals are the most susceptible. As a small animal veterinarian with a specialty in shelter medicine, I hope to help reduce the current population of unwanted animals by supporting causes similar to those of Operation Catnip. Stray and feral animals can become a nuisance to the environment and the public and I wish to become part of the solution by educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets and be part of a nonprofit organization that provides these easily accessible low-cost services. 3. Consider the breadth of society which veterinarians serve. What attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past? The running joke within veterinarians is that they chose this line of work because they didn't want to deal with people, but in reality, it requires many qualities that involve interpersonal skills. Due to their patients being unable to verbally communicate, veterinarians have to rely on their observations as well as those of the owners. Furthermore, being reliable and a team player is important to maximize the efficiency of the patients' care. The diagnostic process is comparable to a puzzle, which can be solved with keen attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and the ability to make important decisions under pressure. I have demonstrated these attributes while first volunteering, and then working full time as a veterinary technician at the Humane Society of North Central Florida for the past 2 years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our wellness clinic only offered curbside services. The patients were brought inside while the owners waited in their vehicles. It was my job to ask questions, record

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