How do I gain experience if it’s difficult to gain the experience?

QUESTION:

How do I gain experience if it’s difficult to gain the experience?

 

ANSWER:

I can tell you are really frustrated, but I have good news. It’s going to be okay. You mentioned that you’re 19. So you are finishing or just graduated high school. You have plenty of time to get experience with animals. A great way to start working at a vet clinic is by networking…using the power of introduction. What do I mean? If you have a teacher, relative, neighbor, church member, etc. who are avid animal people and have a great relationship with their veterinarian, ask them to introduce you to their veterinarian (be vocal that you want to be an intern/volunteer). Remember that your experience isn’t limited to an animal clinic. It can be at the zoo, a boarding facility, or shelter. Or start your own pet sitting or dog walking business. Be creative. When you get to college, join the pre-vet, agriculture, or animal. Just to put things into perspective: I did not have a real hands-on experience with animals until my summer going into my senior year in high school. I didn’t start interning with a veterinarian until the year or so before I applied to vet school. So…do not stress. You are not behind. It’s going to get better.