Dear Junior vets,

In these unusual times, we faced so many challenging circumstances like being in quarantine and emergency status, isolating ourselves for keeping our loved ones safe, learning to live with social distancing, studying online, followed by no graduation ceremonies and parties and accepting to say no true goodbyes to our colleagues and teachers. Together, we learned what it really means “one for all and all for one”.

Now, a new chapter of your life unfolds in front of your eyes. Get ready to explore and embrace the unknown. Stay true to your dreams and always remember what Mary Poppins used to say: Everything is possible, even the impossible!”

/Graţia-Maria Bolat, Head of Creative & Founder of Junior vet, AEMV Liaison Romania, Mental Health First aider / Mental Health Facilitator./

Check out below the coolest advises from the greatest experts in the vet field. Read it, keep it into account and share it with your friends. Good luck everybody! 🙂

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“Find something that genuinely interests you and consider further studying and work towards specialism at an early stage – there is so much satisfaction to be gained from being a specialist in your field, teaching, educating and researching.”

/Chris Pearce, DVM, Dip.EVDC (Equine), CertEM (IntMed), CertES(Soft tissue), BAEDT MRCVS and RCVS Recognised Veterinary Specialist in Equine Dentistry, Equine Dental Clinic Ltd./

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“In my view, veterinary medicine has always been a journey, not just a goal. A journey, where one, if living this profession with open eyes, mind and heart, can meet inspiring leaders, encouraging mentors, and friends for a lifetime. Stay curious!”

/Ana Nemec, DVM, PhD, Dipl. AVDC, Dipl. EVDC, Assist. Prof. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia./

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“Dear Colleagues,

First of all, may I congratulate to all of you for your amazing achievement. Becoming a veterinarian is not just a huge academic achievement. It is also a privilege and an honor. From now, you will be protecting the health and welfare of both animals and people. You will be controlling animal diseases and treating sick and injured animals. You will be alleviating the pain and sufferance of pets and livestock. You will be real heroes of our society.

However, never forget your mission. This is a hard profession. It requires hard work, sacrifice, long hours on clinic, and many nights with no sleep. But the satisfaction coming from the many lives you will save will be priceless. You will feel tired, you will whinge about a poorly paid job, your will cry when you lose a patient. But, at the end of the day, when you cuddle a puppy you saved from an inevitable death, you will realize that you are leaving a dream. This is the best profession in the world!”

/Prof. Luca Ferasin, DVM, PhD, CertVC PGCert(HE), DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), GPCert(B&PS) FRCVS, European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology, Specialist Veterinary Cardiology Consultancy, United Kingdom./

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“To achieve your goal in your veterinarian career, it is extremely important to do as much externships as you can in order to gain in clinical experience. The second import point is to meet as many veterinarians as you can to exchange with them, and to increase your relationship in the field you want to practice.”

/Charly Pignon, DVM, Dip ECZM (Small Mammal), Clinical Associate Professor, Head of the Exotics Medicine Service, Past President of The Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Alfort Teaching Hospital./

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“Congratulations and enjoy this moment! You might think it is the top of the mountain that you have finished climbing, but it is only the beginning. This is where the biggest climb starts: it will be long, there is a lot to learn, no sleep and no time off from it, but it will be the one that brings you the biggest joys and satisfactions if you put your heart into it. You are a veterinary doctor now!”

/Manuela Pascal, DVM, PhD, ECVAA residency trained, Southfields Veterinary Specialists, UK./

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“Never let anyone tell you who you are or what you can or can’t do, be your own clay and mould yourself as you wish. Be honest with owners even if you don’t know what’s going on but ensure them that you will do your best to find out, they will appreciate it. Have the animals’ welfare/wellbeing in your mind the whole time, remember you’re not doing it for the owners you’re doing it to help animals. Whenever you can, help your colleagues around you to be better than you, teach them all you know and even more.”

/Andra Enache, DVM, ECVO Residency trained, MVetMed candidate, Royal Veterinary College, UK./

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“Do not worry and fasten your seat belt! The best is yet to come!”

/Pavel Kvapil, DVM, Dip.ECZM (ZOO), Ljubljana ZOO, Slovenia. /

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“Being a vet is like being an endurance athlete: you need to enjoy the marathon whilst keeping up with the good work.”

/Jordi López-Alvarez, DVM, PhD, MRCV, LtVet DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), Memvet – Centre de referència, Palma de Mallorca, Spain./

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“Good luck entering the veterinary force! Be proud and make your colleagues proud! Stay strong is a roller coaster, stay strong and positive in the hard times and enjoy those fabulous moments our career gives us.”

/Màrian Matas Riera, DVM, DipECVO, PGCertVetEd, FHEA MRCVS, Memvet – Centre de Referència. Memvet Centre de referència, Palma de Mallorca, Spain./

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“Dear vets, the freshest vets in the world,

I know these are unusual times. Some rules stole away your joy of graduation. With all the parties and fun. And emotions. But as they say, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. My advice for your future is always to do what you love. Always trust your knowledge and never fear to explore. Be confident in yourselves and continue to learn. Even from mistakes. Yours or others’. Be sure that always the people around you will envy what a nice job you have. Everybody admires vets. You deserve all the good things will happen to you.

/Prof. Andrei D. Mihalca, PhD, Dipl ECZM, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania/.

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