Almost half of vets (46%) working in the UK today had resolved to become a vet while they were still at primary school, according to figures released by the BVA to celebrate World Veterinary Day this Saturday (29 April).
The most recent BVA Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey revealed younger vets were more likely to decide on a veterinary career at a young age, with 53% of those younger than 35 settling on veterinary medicine by the age of 10.
However, more than a quarter of vets (28%) said they had decided to become a vet as young as 8 years of age.
Caring for animals
Three-quarters (76%) of vets surveyed said their choice was driven by an interest in caring for animals.
An interest in science, with a primary focus on clinical practice, was mentioned by 51%.
A third of vets (32%) mentioned the variety of work a veterinary career would provide as an influencing factor, with the majority of the vets (58%) reflecting their career choice had met this expectation, rating their job variety/interest as excellent or very good.
BVA president Gudrun Ravetz said: “It’s lovely to hear so many of my fellow vets made the decision as early as I did.
“Veterinary medicine is a long-standing ambition and a cherished vocation for many vets, as well as a challenging and rewarding career.
“I had definitely decided I wanted to become a vet by the time I was seven. That’s what I would always say I wanted to be when asked by adults.
“Like most of the vets surveyed, I was influenced by loving and caring for the pets in my home.
“The only vets I knew were those we visited with the dog, but I can’t ever remember wanting to be anything else.”