Dear New Diary…

For the next few years this will be my little space on the interwebs, I’m Chris Allen, 25 years old and I’ve come to the end of the first stage of my journey to become a Veterinary Surgeon. The next stage is starting, I’ve been offered a place at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice, Slovakia for the September 2012 intake. A little over 60 days away…

Before I do that i need to finish up and submit my dissertation in 44 days time, sort out everything about leaving the UK, and off course find the £40,000 (around £10,000 a year) I need to pay for vet school. Its probably a good thing that I love a challenge, and after working so hard to make my dream come true I am not going let it get in the way.

I should probably tell you a little about my dream of becoming a vet. I appreciate the innocence of (untrained)animals, and believe animals are something we need to protect. When we domesticate animals we are taking on a duty of care to give them the best lifes possible, and this is where I believe vets come in. It was the prospect of a career where I am continually learning, making a difference and being challenged each day with different things. The prospect of being able to see a different species every day for the rest of my life and still only scratching the surface.

Over the past few years my understanding has become deeper and I’ve come to realise that a vet isn’t just a animal doctor, but an advocate for those with no voice of their own. A vet is an educator of owners and the public, someone that isn’t just working with animals but with people too. More recently however with climate change and conservation being major issues I’ve come to realise that this is somewhere Vet’s need to be too. Sure a vet treats animals, however the background of knowledge that a Vet has to be able to do this places them in a unique position.

Conservation medicine is a developing field, it is one that I am pretty passionate about, after all humans should be living in harmony with nature. In fact this is something that I believe needs to happen as nature is never going fix itself whilst it has outside influences working on it.

My dream will come true, I do need your help though to get there… Unlike many charities where you never see the result of where your money is going I am writting this diary. You can check back at anytime to read about what i’ve been doing, and see photo’s and videos when I can. Even if it’s only a pound it’ll help and the easiest way is to click the donate button on the right of the page! If you can’t help financially, considering using the buttons under this to share this diary with your friends, especially if they like animals too!

Chris

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