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I want to be a veterinarian, but I don't want to have to put a whole bunch of animals to sleep?

Like at animal shelters, they put lots of animals to sleep... is there any way to help animals without also having to hurt them?? But what about when it's an animal that can be fixed, but the owner doesn't have enough money to save them? :(

Asked By: Sakura - 2/20/2010
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You will learn how to tell if an animal is suffering. You don't have to work at a shelter. Have a private practice and it will be much easier. Nobody wants to perform the act of putting an animal to sleep but believe it or not when you know it is necessary rather than doing just for the plain fact that people breed... More
Answered By: bunny girl - 2/20/2010
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I think most veterinarians who work with companion animals (cats, dogs, rodents, fish, etc.) do put animals to sleep. One way to look at it though is that these kinds of animals are usually put to sleep to relieve their suffering. So, even though it is sad, you are helping the animal avoid more suffering.
Answered By: S - 2/20/2010
 
Well technically you could join a no kill shelter but really it's part of the job. You are basically ending the suffering on an animal that is untreatable.
Answered By: Nate - 2/20/2010
 
If you really care about animals then you would understand that in many situations, euthanasia is the best option... More
Answered By: Lauren F - 2/20/2010
 
A vet puts down animals for a completely different reason than many shelters. Shelters put them down because they have too many animals and some they figure are not adoptable, and the quickest/cheapest solution is to humanely euthanize them... More
Answered By: KB - 2/20/2010
 
putting animals to sleep is part of the job... More
Answered By: Pink Teacup Pachyderm! - 2/20/2010
 
a vet does diffent jobs like our doctors so you have diffent jobs so you don't have to put them to sleep you could fix bones persribe meds or any thing lke that hope that helps
Answered By: Sienna - 2/21/2010
 
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