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Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine
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Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine

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Qualifications sorely needed by the animal protection movement include medicine, nutrition/dietetics, veterinary medicine, law, education, and supporting specialisations, such as graphic/web design …

Qualifications sorely needed by the animal protection movement include medicine, nutrition/dietetics, veterinary medicine, law, education, and supporting specialisations, such as graphic/web design and fundraising/marketing. The advantages of acquiring a professional qualification and career include increased expertise and credibility when campaigning on issues, considerably increased funds for campaigning, the ability to take charge of one’s own campaigns, and increased ability to travel internationally as required (including well-earned rest breaks in exotic locations, which may be required often). These topics, including several suitable exotic locations, will be reviewed.

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  • Sean Wensley is senior veterinary surgeon for communication and education at PDSA and a member of the Companion Animal Welfare Council; he is a trustee of the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation and a committee member of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Group
  • Problems with working for animal protection organizations: lack of jobs, poor pay and conditions, commonly a lack of professionalism and intelligent strategic thinking. Solution: have an ethical professional career part-time to provide access to jobs, money, long term sustainability, ability to travel, and a professional working environment; and be an activist part-time, with the power to make your own campaign decisions.
  • Problems with working for animal protection organizations: lack of jobs, poor pay and conditions, commonly a lack of professionalism and intelligent strategic thinking. Solution: have an ethical professional career part-time to provide access to jobs, money, long term sustainability, ability to travel, and a professional working environment; and be an activist part-time, with the power to make your own campaign decisions.
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    • 1. Professional Careers in Animal Advocacy: Veterinary Medicine   ANDREW KNIGHT DipECAWBM (WSEL), PhD, MRCVS, FOCAE
    • 2. Professional animal advocacy: key qualifications/skills Medicine Nutrition/dietetics Law Education Veterinary medicine Photography/videography Graphic/web design IT support Fundraising/marketing Business management Accounting • Movie/rock star!
    • 3. Professional advocacy: benefits Expert knowledge  Credibility with legislators, media, scientists, consumers,  etc. Money for campaigning Increased ability to decide strategy Satisfying employment, professional working  environments Ability to travel
    • 4. - Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
    • 5. Why should you become aprofessional animal advocate?
    • 6. You’ll never have to do any work !!!
    • 7. World travel
    • 8. Conferences
    • 9. Gourmet vegetarian food !!
    • 10. Fun actions and events
    • 11. Even fun-er events !!
    • 12. Castles
    • 13. Mountains
    • 14. Beaches
    • 15. What are you waiting for ???
    • 16. Veterinary medicine as a career path
    • 17. Types of veterinary practice Types of practice: community spay/neuter clinics, shelter  medicine, wildlife practice, small animal practice, equine,  farm  animal,  laboratory  animal  medicine,  public  health  (e.g. USDA), slaughterhouse inspection
    • 18. Realities of veterinary practice Attitudes towards animals can be poor Working conditions can be poor
    • 19. Costs of a veterinary education Tuition: $20-40k. Varies with ‘in state vs out of state’ Student living costs: $15-20k + x 4 years Total (mid-range estimate): $190,000 Loss  of  earning  potential  for  4  years  (undergrad  degree  takes 4 more years) Cheaper overseas
    • 20. Veterinary salaries $65k new graduate $97k median small animal practitioner $more  for  specialists  (ophthalmologists,  surgeons  highest) UK average: £40k = $65k
    • 21. Gaining admission to vet school Undergraduate  subjects:  chemistry  (inorganic  &  organic),  biology,  microbiology,  physics,  English.  Possibly  also:  physiology,  nutrition,  calculus.  Undergrad  degrees  normal,  but  not  necessarily  essential Grades:  ~3.5+  GPA  to  be  competitive,  GRE  most  schools, MCAT some Veterinary  work  experience:  as  much  diverse  vet  experience  as  possible.  US:  minimum  180  hrs;  2,500  hrs to be competitive 3  letters  of  recommendation:  1-2  from  veterinarians;  one from a faculty member
    • 22.  Personal  statement/letter:  reasons  why  you’re  likely  to  succeed, qualities/interests you can offer the profession Admission interviews decreasing? Do  NOT  express  any  animal  rights  sympathies  until  safely enrolled! Admissions formulae vary with schools Easier admission abroad?
    • 23. Animal use in vet school Non  Harmful:  animal  handling,  clinical  experience  including beneficial surgeries Harmful:  preclinical  (physiology,  biochemistry,  pharmacology,  parasitology,  anatomy),  surgical,  large  animal rotations, farms, slaughterhouses Poor  attitudes  towards  animal  use/alternatives  very  common
    • 24. Humane alternatives Preclinical:  computer  simulations,  videos,  plasticized  specimens,  models,  ethically  sourced  cadavers,  non- invasive self-experimentation Clinical/Surgical:  surgical  simulators,  ethically-sourced  cadaver  surgery  (usu.  via  body  donation  programs),  supervised  surgical  experience,  animal  shelter  sterilisation programs
    • 25. Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association www.hsvma.org
    • 26. www.HumaneLearning.info www.InterNICHE.org
    • 27. Surviving vet school Gaining  admission:  organised,  focused,  patient  and  persistent. Will probably take years Will  have  to  work  with  animal  researchers,  staff  and  students  with  poor  ethical  attitudes  towards  animals.  You will be vastly outnumbered Support  Friends/family  InterNICHE email list  HSVMA email list
    • 28.  Hours:  >40-50  hrs/wk  class/lab  time  for  first  3  yrs;  80  hrs/wk  clinic  work  4th  yr.    Also  14-24  hours  of  home  study. Social/personal life severely compromised “4 years of very hard work (put social life on hold), ~ $160,000 in costs, experience frustration, taking exams every week, sleep deprivation, caffeine” - Armaiti May DVM
    • 29. The rewards Expert knowledge  Credibility with legislators, media, scientists, consumers,  etc. Money for campaigning Increased ability to decide strategy Satisfying employment, professional working  environments Ability to travel

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