We all make mistakes. 3 years ago I missed my university offer by a matter of a few per cent. Instead of starting vet school at Bristol, I embarked on an adventure at the University of Nottingham. I finished with a degree in Zoology. This I do not regret. However, since graduating, I've landed myself with a job as a veterinary nurse in a small practice in Nottinghamshire. I absolutely love my job and would change only one thing about it. Delete the word 'nurse' from my job title and insert 'surgeon'.
Working as a nurse has opened my eyes up to a number of things, not only are nurses vital to a practice, vets could literally do nothing without them. The dynamism of the team I work within is impeccable and the practice would easily fall apart without the nurses. The vets may well be the ones operating or treating animals, but its the nurses who monitor your pet's breathing and heart whilst they're on the table. I just want to express my admiration and devotion to vet nurses before I tell you my story. Having worked as a vet nurse has only made me appreciate their position further.
Now, all my life ive wanted to be a vet. Blah blah blah - cliché central. But it is true. During my a levels I was told by teachers I wasnt capable. I knew I was. Off my own back I secured myself 3 offers and an insurance offer for zoology. I accepted an offer (AAB) from Bristol and my insurance at Nottingham. Despite having next to no biology teacher for most of my A2 year, I got through my exams. Results day came and long story short I got ABB. 3% Off my 2nd A but not good enough for Bristol. Those who had doubted me were right all along. So I ignored every inch of my body telling me to take a year out and retake a few exams, and I set off for Notts. I loved my 3 years there and graduation day was one of my proudest moments. I wouldn't change it and I dont regret going.
But now starting work in a surgery and starting to pay off my debts has reopened 3 years of supressed longing and dreams. I want to be a vet . And no matter how much I tell myself I am happy being a nurse, I want to be a vet. I want to be the one prescribing medication that saves the lives of people's best friends. I want to do a stint with the PDSA or Battersea dogs home and treat mistreated animals. I want to be the one on the end of the phone telling someone their little dog has survived its op and will make a full recovery. I even want to be the one who has to put animals out of their misery, reassuring owners that its the best thing to do. I want all of this more than anything I've ever wanted. And with each day at work I realise I could continue working as a nurse, a job I enjoy, earn a fairly decent wage and bumble through life. Or I could do everything in my power to achieve my life long ambition.
Im choosing the latter. And this is where you guys come in. I am not eligible for any funding as I will be applying as a graduate. You may ask why I deserve to request your money for what is, frankly, a selfish cause, and I honestly have no answer. Other than if 50, 000 people pledged just £1 each, this would cover my tuition and equipment costs . Footballers can earn in a minute what I require to fulfil my dream. At just over £9000 per year for tuition alone, without the help of sponsors this dream is unachievable. Im asking, begging, for any help. Big or small. I would never be able to thank people enough if this dream of mine became a reality, I just hope that if it does I am able to give something back at some point. Its very undignified to beg in this way. But ive spent 21 years being selfless. Im going to go against everything I believe in this once and try and achieve the one thing I've always wanted. I thank you in advance for anything you can afford to spare.