Help Me Be A Vet


Help me become a veterinarian

The back story... 

I guess I'm lucky because I have always known what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Now that I'm grown up... I'm still working on getting there.

Being a veterinarian has always been my dream.  I won't bore you with all the details of my life.  However, a little background is probably necessary.  I worked as a professional dog trainer for seven years, specializing in behavior modification while pursuing my undergraduate degrees.

After earning two BS degrees, I obtained full-time employment as a veterinary technician at a private practice, caring for small animals and exotics.  Additionally, I worked at a local low-cost veterinary clinic on an as needed basis. 

Working at the low cost clinic confirmed what I already knew; there are many people struggling to try to provide adequate veterinary care for their pets.  Once I am a practicing veterinarian I plan on continuing to work with spay/neuter and low cost vet clinics.

In the summer of 2009 I had surgery to remove cervical cancer and some abdominal lesions.  I got really lucky and caught the cancer early, my follow-up screens have been negative so far... girls go get your annual check-up... EVERY year.  I had no insurance.  So there I was, with my savings depleted.

 

What's going on now...

And then the real fun begins...

     I am actually in vet school!

After four years of applying, I'm finally invited to attend vet school, woo hoo! Unfortunately, it's in another state... which means bigger moving expenses and out-of-state tuition (to the tune of more than $30,000 per year and increasing each semester).

So I managed to get a $15,000 scholarship my first year.  Which sounds like a lot until you realize it didn't even cover my first semester of tuition and fees.  I have earned a few more scholarships, but nothing near the cost of attendance, let alone living expenses.

I have never been financially wealthy, so it was after much coaxing and hours of deliberation that my husband finally talked me into setting up a website where family, friends and any greatly appreciated random benevolent individuals can donate to...

                        ...help me be a vet.

 
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