Quoting Bam Bam & Peanut's Mama:" Thank You for all the info. That is very helpful. Yea the thing that I don't think I'd be ok with is ... [snip!] ... animals. I don't see how I could do it. I think that would be extremely hard on me. Looks like I've got a lot to think about."
here are some stories i had to deal with that just come to mind, a few things that stuck with me-dont read if you dont want to get sad
in my internship the first dog i met we had to put down on our last day-his name was nicholas. 6 years old black lab, sweetest thing ive ever seen. my first and last patient.
one chuahua was in such a terrible mange condition we had to put it down, his nails were growing into his paws....those are the worst-when its caused by owner negligance-happens all too often.
stray cats with pyometra-pregnant and you have to put her down.
looking the owner in their teary eye to tell them their 15 year old cat companion is gone now
in the middle of one of my tests-drawing blood from a rat heart-my rat seized up and died. it happened to about three rats per class-this was my exam, i had nothing to do but keep going and continue the test on another rat.
these rats we had worked with for weeks. heh, the first time i picked her up this one bit me....they are only 9 weeks old when we get them, never handled by humans. ooh did she draw blood. but working with them for a couple weeks, they really grow on you. then they die.
and if they dont die in the test-unless you adopt them they will die a few days after in a CO2 chamber.
you REALLY need to be able to take these kinds of things and roll with them. it is EVERY day in the feild. of course you might work your way into a specialized clinic that only does certain things that are lower risk, but those jobs are hard to find. the easy jobs to find are the emergency clinics....