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Top 10 Books for Kids wanting to be a Vet

Updated on June 29, 2016

Becoming a Veterinarian - Top Ten Books for Kids

I have selected 10 books that I believe provide great information for kids of all ages who are expressing an early interest in working with animals. I know that if found it very difficult as a young boy to find meaningful information on this fascinating career choice. Hopefully, this selection will fill that void and provide a great insight into this wonderfully worthwhile activity. I hope that you enjoy my hubpage "Top 10 Books for Kids wanting to be a Vet" and that the kid in your life finds encouragement and inspiration from these.


I want to be a Vet

I Want To Be A Vet
I Want To Be A Vet

gives young children a realistic insight into the working day of adults. Easy-to-read captions and color photographs of women and men from different cultures help children understand what's involved in each occupation. Young readers learn to respect the importance of doing a job well and appreciate the contributions these workers make to our life and the world around us.

 

What types of animals do Vets treat?

The majority of veterinarians actually treat small domestic animals such as pet dogs, pet cats, along with some of the slightly more exotic pets such as reptiles, birds and rabbits, guinea pigs etc. Not altogether surprising really as the majority of people live in towns and cities where space for larger animals is limited.

It is said that about 20 percent of vets work with larger animals such as horses, cattle, pigs and sheep. Whilst an even smaller percentage of vets will specialise in the more exotic wild animals that you might find in a zoo for example.

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What can a Vet expect to earn?

This can vary quite extensively, being largely dependant on the hours you put in to it and the nature of animals that you care for. As you become more experienced as a veterinarian, build a robust client base, and broaden your knowledge, you would expect to earn more.

Recent figures for vets earnings suggest that newly qualified vets might expect to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 per year. With more experienced vets earning between $60,000 and $100,000 per year.

I want to be a Vetinarian - For ages 8 and upwards

I Want to Be a Veterinarian
I Want to Be a Veterinarian

Ideal for kids who love animals, this book explores the many interesting facets of a veterinary career. Exciting full-color photographs complement intriguing facts about the many different kinds of vets, how veterinary science began, and its future.

 

Time for a little vetinary humor

Olivia became a Vet

OLIVIA Becomes a Vet (Olivia TV Tie-in)
OLIVIA Becomes a Vet (Olivia TV Tie-in)

Olivia takes her “way with animals” to the next level and imagines what it would be like to become a veterinarian in an adorable story

 

I hope that you enjoyed your visit. - Your comments are always welcome.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      When I was a kid it was my wish to become a veterinarian. Alas, I did not bring that dream to fruition. This is a great collection of books for children to read who may also dream of becoming a vet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now this is a cool idea for a reading list for children wanting to be a Ve and to let them dream of the day and may those dreams come true!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Tipi, thanks for the visit and the blessing of this lense - always very much appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A great book for teenagers about a year in the life of a vet is Coated With Fur: A Vet's Life by Kristen Nelson, D.V.M.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your visit and the comment on book A vets Life - I will add into the lense.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Ben Reed: You are very welcome. Just stopped by to say hello! :)

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      J-Shephard 5 years ago

      Great recommendations! My kid loves animals and he'll surely love one of these books!

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      Parsney 5 years ago

      Perfect!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @Parsney: Thank you. Its always good to know when you have enjoyed the lense.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I want to be a large animal vet

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      Senditondown 4 years ago from US

      I wanted to be a vet when I was young. Animals have always been a big part of my life. I had a wonderful example in "Old Doc" Wynn. However, life has a way of changing our direction some times. I still love animals and doctor my own as much as possible from what I have learned over the years.

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      RedShoesGirl 4 years ago

      Becoming a vet means a of of hard study and work, but at the end the satisfaction is priceless.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very informative books for teenagers

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      DiscoverWithAndy 4 years ago

      I wanted to be a vet when I was young too. Eventually I decided against it though, cause I just didn't think I'd my heart would be able to handle seeing all the sick animals and their sad owners.

      Thinking of ditching the city and having a career change though, so maybe large-animal vet is the way to go?

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      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      I did enjoy my visit! I have quite a few friends wanting to be a vet!

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Great collection of books and information...nice to have it all in one place.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @LoriBeninger: Thank you for your kind words.

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @aviwolfson: Thank you - I appreciate your visit and blessing.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @missjensen: I think becoming a vet is an aspiration for most of us who love animals, at some stage in our lives.

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      I love this topic very much and you did a great job! BLESSED by a little Squid Angel. God bless you and huge hug! Muah!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: Thank you - always appreciated.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Great idea for a lens. I'm the type who faints at the sight of blood and does not have a calming influence on animals, so this never would have been the job for me. I get along fine with cats, but I'm nervous around large dogs.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @BarbRad: I've always had great respect for vets, they do seem to install a calming, almost respectful air from the pets that visit them - I know my dogs always seem to be on their best behaviour when visiting the vet.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      This is really helpful. I wish this info had been around when I was a kid.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Jo-Jackson: This is one of the things that brought me to put this lense together - I too had a difficult time trying to find relevant information on vets as a kid.

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      BookLoverFrank 4 years ago

      Fun and encouragement to do something worthwhile at the same time. It doesn't get any better than that. A fine lens.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @BookLoverFrank: Thank you for your visit and comment - very much appreciated.

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      RetireAt57 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Good information!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @RetireAt57: Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      GREAT info...my grandson wants to be a vet...

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      gin001 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens. Thanks for sharing some terrific information.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It's a great profession to aspire to.

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      I have reached my "like" quota for the day but just know that I really like this lens and will take to heart your recommendations as my child really loves animals.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @renewedfaith2day: Thank you for your visit and comments - always appreciated.

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      erfanstreet 4 years ago

      Great Lens. Really enjoyed your lens. Thanks for share Bejeezers. :D

      Mayra

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @erfanstreet: Thank you.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I really wanted to be a vet when I was little, until I watched a vet deliver a calf on TV. There's no way my arm was going there!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: Probably one of the most well known and most feared of all vet procedures - I am with you on this one.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...You've created a great Lens of information for those considering the field of veterinary medicine, and given the rest of us an eye-opener on what it takes to make the grade as a vet!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @BarbsSpot: Thank you.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Being a vet sounds like an ideal job to a kid who loves animals. Thanks for putting together this info for would-be animal doctors.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: Its probably every animal lovers dream to be a vet.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I love this lens! Very cute, I would like to read these :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      Thank you.

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I originally was going to college and taking the steps towards becoming a veterinarian but then sadly life took over and I ended up going down a different path. I have worked for veterinarians though and do have lots of animals now. Wonderful lens!

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      Peregrina LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens! I used to want to be a vet because my dad read me the James Herriot books when I was little. I think he edited the language somewhat, though. :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Peregrina LM: I remember the James Herriot books well - there was quite a good television series of the books also.

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      reviewcorner 4 years ago

      My niece wants to be a vet, your selection of books is really interesting.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @reviewcorner: Thank you.

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      Another wonderful lens... ;-) There are a lot of children that want to become a vet. Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @happy-birthday: Very much appreciated.

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      KTPT13 4 years ago

      I wanted to be a vet when I was a kid.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @KTPT13: Me too...

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      I don't think I could be a vet, although i do love animals. Great lens for kids who are working out their future career.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @nifwlseirff: Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Its been a while since I passed by and see that you have added some humor with the video....cuteness! I also manage to miss one on the quiz...now I know its 4 not 5. I sure hope many children will work on those A and B grades to quality to go to school to be a vet, it would be so fun if someone contacted you and let you know that, now, that would be cool! :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi - It would be so cool...

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      dakadare 4 years ago

      Not a job for me, but an amazing one nevertheless!

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      Jemjoseph 4 years ago

      These books would be very inspiring for kids that love animals.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Jemjoseph: Thank you.

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Inspiring lens and great passion that you display in this lens!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Bercton1: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      mcsburlea 4 years ago

      my youngest cousin is 11 years old and she is dreaming of becoming a vet, but then again, didn't we all dream this at least once as kids? However, it is true that books about this are a rare thing to find so maybe I can look for one of these. thanks for posting it :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @mcsburlea: I wish your cousin well - it does all good to dream, and with a bit of work it could become a reality.

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      SusanAston 4 years ago

      Brilliant idea for a lens. Well done.

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      SusanAston 4 years ago

      Brilliant idea for a lens. Well done.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @SusanAston: Thank you.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      When a vet approaches a cow wearing a full arm length glove, you know what is about to happen. Not a pretty sight :-)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Doc_Holliday: Absolutely not a pretty sight - but a very well known one for anyone who thinks about being a vet,

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent, and quite possibly a consequential, lens....which just could be the spark that ignites the interest of future veterinarians. Gotta be a good feeling.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Swisstoons: Thank you.

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      It's true, being a vet is a dream job for so many kids. This is a great list, I'll have to check some out for my library, thanks.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @tfsherman lm: Thank you.

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      dasdipyaman 3 years ago

      It will work as a guide book for would be vets

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @dasdipyaman: Thank you.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      Good info. My dad said he had really wanted to be a vet, but decided against it when taking the classes and switched to ocean engineering instead. I'm not sure how veterinarian school was harder.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Sounds quite a contrast in career.

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      drmattshepard 3 years ago

      great lens, I can tell you put work into it.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Wow!! What a great job.. and Thank You for reading my lenses

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @esmonaco: Thank you so much.

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      A perfect lens for kids that love animals. My daughter is always trying to help all of the sick and injured animals in the neighborhood. Thank you for sharing this lens

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @steadytracker lm: Sounds like you may have a potential young vet there.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      maybe you can share how to be a vet? I was clueless about vet school, and it was so hard to get in

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      Great lens! It's important that we have vets who are well trained and committed to doing their best to help our furry friends. :) I've definitely heard tons about becoming a vet and all the training you still have to do afterwards, too. Not the job for me, but I commend those who do it!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Stephanie36: Thank you.

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      KnitnPurlGirl 3 years ago

      A great, informative lens for kids and parents!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @KnitnPurlGirl: Thank you.

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      chat2vishakha 3 years ago

      Very informative post.Thanks for hsaring this information.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @chat2vishakha: Thank you.

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      NatureFan LM 3 years ago

      My daughter has wanted to be a Vet since the 3rd grade. She's 20 now and is on her way. This is an amazing resource. I wish I had a lens like this to use when my daughter was younger. Thank you so much.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @NatureFan LM: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I've always loved animals, and remember as a young kid, I dreamed of being a vet one day. Our local vet allowed me to come in and work part time (as a volunteer). The first animal that came in was an adorable puppy with a broken leg. I cried all the way home and all night, and gave up my dream to become a vet.... just didn't have the heart for it. Much luv to all our vets out there taking care of our furbabies.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I second that thought - thank you.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Great idea for an article. The vets I know make a lot more then you mentioned. One makes over a million. I guess it depends on where you have your practice and if you specialize. It's a good field.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @favored: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      Teri802nj 3 years ago

      Lots of great information for kids who want to be a vet.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Teri802nj: Thank you.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      Great list of books, the book that inspired me to want to be a vet was the James Herriot books, read them starting in 6th grade, they are still my favorite. Majored in Animal Science, worked at the vet school, but ended up in animal nutrition. In my previous career I actually taught classes at a veterinary school. So I came full circle.

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      GabrielaFargasch 3 years ago

      My daughter wants to be a vet! I'm gonna show her this list of cool books! :)

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      This is a great list. I remember wanting to be a vet as a child, I think it's a very popular career aspiration for kids.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is such a great idea for a lens! It's so good to encourage kids toward a career helping animals. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Merrci: Thank you for your visit.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      My kind of job, I love working with animals, I do all I can to look after the animals on our farm, and feel very sad when we loose one.

      Very interesting lens.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you.

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      loulabelle2 3 years ago

      Just the thing I'm looking for. A bit of help choosing a few books for Christmas for my animal mad daughter who is 8. Some really good arrivals here that have helped greatly!!!

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      loulabelle2 3 years ago

      That was supposed to be articles not arrivals!! Lol

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      kehsiberry 3 years ago

      kids love animals, Im sure I had dreamed of becoming a vet when I was still a kid. great lens

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      When I was a kid, though not quite as young as the audience for these, I just gobbled up the James Herriott "life od a country vet" books (All Creatures Great and Small, etc) - but the required science courses ended up being my downfall on the road to veterinary medicine. :) There are a lot of books here that are new to me - thanks for the gift suggestions!

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      Baddew Fibes 3 years ago

      Loved the lens and the Muppets video was a big blast from the past too. Thanks!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Lot of good books here for younger readers. Like flycatcher, I LOVED the James Herriott books and watched the TV series of "All creatures Great and Small" too (I see from a quick Google search on Youtube that the TV series was over 30 years ago! It doesn't seem that long.) The books were really, really funny and fantastic page-turners and gave a great idea of a vet's day to day life in a farming practice with some small animal work. Great lens.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Baddew Fibes: Thank you

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: Thank you.

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      Charlotte Realtor 3 years ago

      This was my childhood dream job - I had no idea that 20% of vets were large animal vets! I would have had to have gone that route - I couldn't have taken them home like the small domestic 'patients!' Great lens!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      At one time I wanted to be a Vet, but when I saw animals suffering and crying it was too much for me..20 years later I started to breed Arabian Horses, and what did I have to do? a lot of things Vets did...I had to, it was too costly to have a Vet out for every little thing,,,you learn fast.

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      Humphrey 18 months ago

      Lol I don't know how

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      GalaxyRat 8 weeks ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      That's what I'm going to be: a vet. Awesome career path, I'll be able to be with animals a lot, be able to help them, and be paid for it- sweet!

      I'm going to do exotic and small animal... LOL.

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