It can be incredibly daunting to abandon your current career and all the work you invested in getting there, only to have to start from scratch. But Sharon and I have both lived through this one, so believe me, it can be done! Even with all the hassles and frustrations of going back to undergrad and the intensity of 4 years of vet school, I would much rather go through all of that and emerge on the other end as a vet than spend my entire life wondering what could have been. If being a vet is really what you want, it will all be worth it in the end.
You may also worry that you’ll be the only older or non-traditional student in your class. I am happy to say that this is definitely not true!! Many incoming first-years ARE in their early 20s and just coming from undergrad, but plenty of them aren’t. I was worried that I’d be totally out of place as a married woman in my late-20s, but I have briefly gotten to know several classmates through Facebook who are also in their late-20s and are either married or in long-term relationships. Whatever your situation, chances are good that there will be someone else in your class who can relate.
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