The recipient of the 2015 Vet Tech Schools Scholarship is Erin French (18), New Hampshire high school senior.
Winning EssayWhy do I want to become a veterinary technician? This is a question that I have encountered many times. The easiest answer is, “Because I love animals”, yet this is not a sufficient explanation. Millions of people “love animals”, yet a mere fraction decide to dedicate their career, their life to the creatures.
In my eighteen years of life, I have always been surrounded by animals: I even learned how to stand by grasping tufts of my patient Norwegian Elkhound’s thick coat and pulling myself up. My parents taught me how to be a proper pet owner, to view them as family members. Yet my intent to care for animals has been developed by nature as well as nurture: since I was a toddler, I have shown respect to all animals — even those that most find too hairy, scary, or slimy. Most of my summers were spent befriending toads, worms, grasshoppers, and the like.
Even as I grew older, this respect continued. My first — and current — job was training dogs at a shelter. By my high school years, I knew that I wanted to study veterinary medicine and behavior. My father is a nurse, so the medical field is not a complete stranger, and is very interesting to me. I first wanted to become a veterinarian, but after a job shadow at my vet’s office, I found that veterinary technology was the better fit for me. I like that all of the tech’s responsibilities include the animal; they get more hands-on time with the animal while still assisting in surgeries, exams, and the lab. I love the excitement of being at a veterinary office: new knowledge hidden behind each instrument, a life being saved by a pair of gloved hands. The most exciting part? Soon, those hands will be mine.