by @Justine Lee, DVM DACVECC
No one tells you to put your veterinary career on hold to have kids, right?
After all, we're supposed to forge ahead and get through veterinary school, go on to our internship and residency, or go build ourselves up in private practice (or academia), right? We're supposed to buy that small business to help pay off our loans, while balancing work-life balance despite our workaholic personalities, correct? We're suppose to Lean In and be great, hardworking professionals while balancing it all, right?
Well, no one tells you this, so VETgirl is going to.
Stop what you're doing and consider having kids now.
What?! Nobody says that out loud. Well, let me fill you in on the trials and tribulations of being a female. Obviously, this is based on my own struggle with infertility, stress, losses, and getting old quickly.
After veterinary school, I went straight into my internship at Angell. That was definitely one of the hardest years of my life, as I worked 100+ hours a week (I don't recommend getting pregnant during an internship!). After that, I did my emergency critical care residency atUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. I will still pretty young during this time - in my late 20's. I then joined the faculty at University of Minnesota in a clinical teaching position. I loved this job, as it gave me the opportunity to work with veterinary students, teach interns and residents, and work with a top-notch staff of veterinary specialists. Before I knew it, I was in my early 30's living in a new state (Minnesota, that I now call home).