Have you ever experienced negative comments from people comparing you to MDs?
Unfortunately, yes, there are negative comments around. I once was asked “But you are so smart! Why in the world would you treat animals when you could be a DOCTOR?” As if I was throwing away my intelligence to do something so inferior. And of course there is the “I refuse to call you a REAL doctor” type.
Honestly, if you choose vet med as a career, there will be people who only view this profession as they see it from the outside, which is something similar to “playing with puppies and kittens.”
What they don’t see? Veterinarians that are working with the CDC and individual states to keep bioterrorism and zoonosis as minimal as possible. Government vets that work directly to keep all our our food supply safe. Vets that work in human hospitals with human physicians to research and improve animal AND human health. Vets that potentially restore someone’s life because they mended a human-animal bond.
Vets are SO much more than playing with puppies and kittens. They are constantly educating, supporting, and even indirectly healing, humans. So no, I don’t let those comments get to me anymore, because I prefer to see how we can all work together for a better future, not what makes us different or “inferior.”