(Original post by AliceEdenYAY)
so I really
want to be a vet one day, I know how hard it is and everything, I was just looking for advice about work experience.
when I've emailed veterinary universities, they've replied saying I should get work experience in numerous places, which I'm fine with, but also on the list was a slaughterhouse.
so I did some research and found that if you don't get work experience in one before your degree, you'll have to anyway as part of the course?
I am a vegetarian and strongly disagree with killing animals, so I really do not think I would be able to go to watch and watch animals being killed that way. Of course I know that if I was a vet I may have to put animals down, but that would be a last resort and not for food purposes.
I am basically asking if this is a necessity either before or during a veterinary course or if there is anyway around it? I don't think I'd be able to cope in a slaughterhouse.
I understand that vets have to check that the animals going in are healthy enough to be killed for food, but this is not something I would plan to do in my own veterinary career.
I also understand that the work experience may only be a day or a few days, then I could go on to do whatever within the veterinary industry, but I still don't feel I could cope with that. It's strongly against what I believe.
Has anyone done a veterinary degree or been to a slaughterhouse? What was your experience like?
I haven't been to one yet but I am planning to. As universities say it isn't mandatory, you could possibly get an offer into vet school without an abattoir experience. However, most universities prefer you see it. It is vitally important to understand the role abattoirs play in both veterinary medicine and public health. It shows awareness, a crucial quality needed.
But as others have said, euthanasia and slaughter plays roles out with the abattoir. Within veterinary practise, euthanasia is always there, you will most certainly not get a week in which several pets have been euthanised. Of course this can be pretty distressing but quality of life is absolute key. Euthanasia should not be seen as a last resort but rather as a valid option, if an animal had a serious problem which could possibly be rectified but result in everlasting pain or sever disability would it really be worth it? You have to see things from their perspective too and shouldn't be seen as associated as to eating animals (you aren't going to eat a dog anyway
). With this sort of idea, I, myself, comprehend the views of being allowed to euthanise human beings.
To add to this, animals as livestock is ever present to. If you go to any form of commercial farm the animals there are livestock NOT pets. Farmers don't share the same sentiment to these creatures. Albeit, they are treated with respect, cared for and treated correctly but a farmer won't go as far to help a cow as an owner to its dog. It's a business. Doing work experience at these places you will most certainly hear what the farmer sees with this and I can guarantee it will be very similar if not identical as to what I have stated.
Within vet school, I doubt you will make it five years without stepping foot within nor merely muttering the words, 'abattoir'. It's inevitable you will have to deal with this because it is only realistic, we will never live in a world where all animals are treated as humans and live in complete harmony. When I say this I don't at all believe a cow should be shot at whatever time just because someone wants to - I believe strongly in animal welfare, I love animals and I believe that should all be cared for in a correct and satisfactory manner and be slaughtered and euthanised as humanely as possible.
This does sound very morbid but it isn't. Euthanasia is a crucial part of veterinary medicine but a majority of your day won't involve it. You are there to help animals, to care for them by doing whatever you can to make their lives the most comfortable and beneficial as it could possibly be.
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