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Becoming a veterinarian requires 8 years of school, the latter 4 years of which is a grueling curriculum and a clinical year that enables very little sleep. Getting accepted to a veterinary school is 5-7 times more competitive than getting accepted to human medical school. We have to master the individual physiology and medicine of 7 species as opposed to just one, and when we get out of school we will earn 1/3 the income of a human medical doctor.
Why to we go through all this? For the vast majority of veterinarians, we are inspired by a far higher calling than monetary reward. I mean no offense to human medical doctors, as I know many that were inspired in a similar fashion that truly have an innate calling for helping people.
In the case of the veterinarian, our personal experiences and innate passion for animals drive us to a special purpose. In my new book, The Man In The White Coat: A Veterinarian’s Tail Of Love, I open my heart to my readers and tell the “tails” of what drove me to begin the journey that I am still privileged to be travelling.
In this book, I write about a yearning to one day be a veterinarian that started with a series of profound experiences that began at age 3. I take you through times that I lost my way and reasons why I came close to giving up at times.
Ultimately, my path was not straight or remotely conventional, but was filled with twists, turns, and detours along the road not taken. I was blessed with inspirational people in my life that helped me stay the course, and learned important life lessons from some that to the contrary tried to discourage my goals and hinder my progress.
In the end, love won out and my unique path to earning my doctor of veterinary medicine has made me savor the privilege I now live to work in a career that brings me so much joy. It has driven me not only to be a veterinarian, but to own two practices and between my blogs and podcast, have one of the most frequented animal health media platforms in the world; with a readership and listener base that numbers in the hundreds of thousands each year.
Writing my story was an absolutely inspiring experience as I reflected on all of the triumphs and failures, elation and grief I experienced that brought me to where I am today. It made me realize how truly lucky and honored I feel to have the sum total of all of those experiences result in not just achieving, but even surpassing my childhood dreams.
If you choose to purchase a copy and join me on my journey you will also be contributing to animal welfare, as I am donating 5% of my royalties to animal rescue.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blogs, even take moments to comment, or listen to my podcast. My wonderful readers and listeners are one of the biggest inspirations for writing this book and I cherish each and every one of you.
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian, highly regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms, and author of The Man In The White Coat: A Veterinarian’s Tail Of Love. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a globally recognized expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , general partner of Grant Animal Clinic, and runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care. Dr. Welton fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.