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Goal: Veterinarian This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Eric W., New City, NY

     As a child and grandchild of veterinarians, I have always had an interest in animals and their health. Ever since I can remember, I have been following my father around his office to observe, learn and help.

One dark rainy night when I was ten, his beeper sounded around dinner time. When he called the concerned owner, I heard his half of the conversation.

“Hit by a car ... can’t walk, and she’s bleeding? Can you be at the office in ten minutes?” Dad asked, looking at his watch.

Before he could say another word, I barged in and asked if I could go with him. He agreed, and we went to set up the office for emergency work.

Carrying her “baby,” the anxious owner arrived in eight minutes and was a wreck, as anyone would be. The dog, Brandy, was a mixed breed, about 60 pounds and young.

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