SMART Goal: Academic
S - I would like to achieve a 90% or higher average in my Academic Science course next semester.
M - To measure my progress, I will compile a list of all the marks I get on important quizzes, tests, and assignments. Making sure I at least have between 85% and 90% on all of them.
A - In order for me to reach my goal, I need to learn to not procrastinate as much and stay on top of my work. I also need to set aside time to study for big tests and for the exam if I want to do well. I will keep organised notes of important subject areas in the class.
R – This is an important goal for me at this time because Science is a prerequisite course for my future in Veterinary Medicine. If I want to get into a good University then I need to have really good marks, in my eyes I would like to start early and finish great.
T – For some smaller goals I would like to achieve a 90% or higher in each subject material in the course, with a special focus on biology and chemistry. Presuming that each section is approximately 3 weeks or a month I will have plenty of time to achieve this goal.
SMART Goal: Volunteering
S – I would like to start volunteering for the Springdale Animal Clinic and eventually obtain a position to work there.
M – To measure my progress in achieving my 40 hours volunteer hours, I will keep a detailed sheet recording my hours and time of day and week.
A – A few of the steps I need to take to achieve my goal is to build up my resume and make it very appealing to the employer to start off with. I should mention my love and interest for caring for animals. Also, I will mention the ability I have to keep records and be social and friendly to customers.
R – This is an important goal in this time of my life because I still need to complete my 40 hours but so far I have been too young to attain my hours by the need of being the age 16. Also this will look great on my resume when I apply for my DVM program in the future.
T – My smaller goals are to first get the volunteer job and at least do 30 hours by grade 12 instead of the full 40. I would like to focus my time on getting good grades and experience to put on my resume and become a great vet and a reliable, skilled volunteer.
Challenge Number 1: Euthanasia
One of the hardest things you have to do as a vet is having to euthanize a pet. This happens when a pet is suffering and can no longer be treated for their ailments so you have to put them down so they don’t suffer anymore. No matter how long you spend as a vet and how many animals you euthanize, it never gets any easier to see an animal die. There is one way that veterinarians know to help ease the pain of watching an animal die and that is to think about how this animal is no longer suffering in pain and that will ease the guilt that you have every time you have to euthanize a pet. You always have to prepare yourself and the pet’s owner for what is about to happen and that gives you time to collect yourself because a lot of people are very emotionally connected to their pets (I know I am for sure). So in conclusion, euthanizing animals is just part of the job that you signed up for as a vet and you need to find ways like thinking positively to ease the guilt that comes with that particular area of the job.
Challenge Number 2: Abuse and Violence
Another one of the challenges that comes with being a vet is having to look into the eyes of an innocent animal that is afraid of people because of a dark past of abuse and neglect. You see all these commercials on TV that show abused, neglected and abandoned animals and it gives you a gut wrenching feeling but it doesn’t even come close to seeing the real thing. As a vet you will get a good few abused and neglected animals coming in through your door and it is always a challenge to keep collected around them because nobody wants to see an innocent animal look like this. It is always really hard to have to see things like this but it is part of your job to help nourish this animal back to life. To overcome this challenge is fairly simple, you of course feel bad seeing them come in but if you treat the animal correctly, they will be healthy and happy and that will help you to feel better about them. Seeing the formerly abused, neglected, abandoned pet be happy, healthy and with a new caring owner is one of the best feelings a vet can have so you always have that to look forward to when treating poor innocent, neglected animals that deserve better.