"Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowlege and skills for the benefit of society through
- the protection of animal health
- the relief of animal suffering
- the conservation of animal resources
- the promotion of public health
- the advancement of medical knowledge
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterirnary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence."
Someday I hope to take that oath. I don't know if I'll work in a general practice or in a lab somewhere, but I want to help animals and people through my work. I just want to help. I want to know what veterinarians know. I want to be the person who gives a little boy's first puppy his first set of vaccinations and smiles as the boy lovingly takes that puppy home. I want to be the person who puts her arm around the old man who says goodbye to his beloved friend for the last time. That's what I want almost more than anything. It hurts. So that's why I'm here, and I'll do what it takes to follow that dream. Even if it means never dating a single person until I'm 30 or studying when I want to be with friends.