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Celebrating World Veterinary Day

Celebrating World Veterinary Day

Posted by Armarkat on 28th Mar 2024

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a veterinarian? What challenges come with serving our cherished pets’ medical needs? Held every year on the last Saturday of April, World Veterinary Day explores these topics and supports awareness for animal wellbeing.

In light of this special day, we interviewed a veterinarian with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Nathan Eslick of Clinton Veterinary Clinic.

What kind of degree and training are necessary to become a veterinarian, after a student earns a science-focused bachelor degree?A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM) is required. In order to practice, you must pass the National Board Exam (NAVLE), and obtain a license to practice in your state. Internships and residencies are available for doctors who wish to specialize in a certain type of medicine.

What advice would you give someone who is considering a career in the veterinary field?Follow your curiosity. Ask questions and seek out the answers–from a book, website, scientific journal, or teacher. Go beyond your love for the animals and strive to be an excellent scientist. Working with the public (for example, as a cashier or a waiter) will develop your people skills. Continue to add to your knowledge.

What are some challenges of being a veterinarian that most people don’t think about?Most people don't realize that we are a profession that provides a service to the public. We deal with people at their best–for example, when they have their new puppy, and at their worst–for example, when their new puppy gets into something poisonous.

What are some of the greatest joys of being a veterinarian? I really enjoy watching a patient respond positively to a treatment plan–and visiting with the client when the plan is going well.

At Armarkat, we value the efforts of vets and encourage our readers to follow these suggestions for World Veterinary Day:

On this special day, why not raise a paw, hoof or claw to say thank you to the local veterinarians and their staff? Send a thank you card or an email thanking them. Or, even better, post a positive review about their veterinary office on Yelp, Google or another review site. Remember, veterinarians are those who help protect and safeguard those who cannot speak for themselves, so be sure to remember how much they mean to the life of a pet! (from Days of the Year)