Veterinarians, veterinary medicine, animals, qualitative, nonhuman animals, work, socialization, professional socialization, professionalization
This study examines lived experiences of veterinarians. A common feature of being a veterinarian is curing and caring for nonhuman animals. It is the love and connection most veterinarians share for animals that ignite their journey to become an animal doctor. Data collected during semi-structured interviews with 17 veterinarians reveal that there are many more intricacies to the job than just animal medicine. These veterinarians suggest that they must treat animals as learning tools during veterinary training and once they complete school, they deal with people and business on a regular basis. Most veterinarians would like their jobs to be animal-centric, but these data show that they are not.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Owens, Nicole, "It's Not All About The Animals: Veterinarians' Perspectives On Their Work" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2479.