This is a great little book that emphasizes on the importance of veterinary care for children. The author, Gary Null, spoke about his own experiences as a child going under the knife for the first time. This book puts veterinary nurses, animal rights activists, and other social leaders in the forefront, working with pediatricians to seek ways to give true veterinary care to underprivileged families. I have also been fascinated by animal care issues for years, and this book did not disappoint in its message. It did, however, leave me with many questions, and I think it would be beneficial for parents to read as well.
One chapter focuses on why veterinary care for kids sometimes turns out to be quite expensive for underprivileged families. The author argues that one reason for this is that the veterinary medical facility is often located in a poor neighborhood, meaning that there are not enough good-paying jobs in the area to support the services that are needed. He then recommends that you contact your local animal rescue organization to see if they have some ways that you can donate money to help those families afford the costs of veterinary care.
Another chapter focuses on the fact that the number of children who are turning to “pet-assisted therapy” to treat their pets has been on the rise. This includes special diets and vaccinations, which are very expensive for children with low income. One way to combat this issue is to offer a free spaying and neutering program to any minor pet owners, and have them adopt their pets at the same time. The author also suggests that you consider setting up a partnership between your local animal rescue group and your local veterinary hospital so that both organizations can benefit. If you do this, the two organizations will be able to work together to help those in need with veterinary care.
The final chapter looks at how animal welfare groups can help you find qualified veterinarians. They suggest that you contact your state’s veterinarians association to see if any of them have programs to award certified veterinarian diplomas to members. The National Animal Welfare League is a great resource for finding these sorts of opportunities, as is the American Veterinary Medical Association. Many of the organizations have online profiles where you can read more about the careers that they are currently looking for veterinarians for, as well as the job outlook for the future.
In many parts of the country, even rural areas have a lack of qualified veterinarians. The author recommends that you become active in local pet organizations to help get the message out that there are careers in the veterinary field that are rewarding and financially worthwhile. They also recommend contacting the local county veterinarian, as they may have connections to veterinarians in other areas. In general, though, the author recommends that you take whatever steps are necessary to become a veterinarian, regardless of whether or not your community is rich and abundant with potential animal lovers. As long as you have an interest in animals, and the commitment to providing quality veterinary care, you can make a difference in the world.
The book concludes by discussing the differences between veterinary medicine and critical care. The author recommends that aspiring veterinarians consider becoming a critical care veterinarian, as this specialty has much higher job satisfaction than traditional medicine. Veterinary hospitals also tend to have better reputations than rural practices. Finally, the author suggests that veterinary students research the internet to find out what opportunities they may be eligible for after earning their veterinary degree. You’ll want to spend time researching all of the various options in order to make the right decision for your own career.