animals (for my daughter) and medical
diagnosis of symptoms (for my boys).
We had a great time working our way
up through the levels, and we learned a
number of things along the way, too! Just
being aware of some of the steps vets take
in diagnosing issues will make us more
aware of change in behaviors of our pets.
We’ll definitely be playing it again!
Dr. Fobian: That’s great to hear! We
started off with small animal clinical
practice (a veterinarian taking care of
pets) because that is what most people
are familiar with. This game includes a
curriculum guide with lessons to incorporate the game into the class. The video
game ( bit.ly/1C7CPnu) is available for
free, and we hope to expand into other
areas of the veterinary profession in
the future. Compared to real veterinary
medicine, the game is quite simplified
and easy, but it gives aspiring veterinarians a taste of the diagnostic process.
TOS: Veterinary medicine is not just
about the usual pets, it also extends to
aquatic and exotic animals. Do you have
resources for information on that as well?
Dr. Fobian: Veterinary medicine
is about the health of all animal species, and people! We have a number
of resources available that address the
non-traditional species, including many
videos on our YouTube channel (www.
and some podcasts ( bit.ly/1sr6KGb).
There are also organizations of veterinarians who specialize or have special interest in these species.
TOS: Can you offer any words of encouragement or guidance to our students?
Dr. Fobian: The majority of people
I’ve met have said that they wanted to
be a veterinarian at some point in their
lives, but it’s certainly not a career for everyone. Get experience and learn about
the profession so that you’ll know if it’s
the right choice for you or if you’re better suited for a different animal-related
career. If it’s truly what you want to do,
don’t let people discourage you from
your dreams. Study hard; it’s not an easy
path and it does require a lot of work and
time. Find a mentor and learn as much as
you can. Never stop learning, no matter
what career path you take.
I think that veterinary medicine is
the most rewarding profession there is,
and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The
AVMA has resources to answer any of
your questions about becoming a veterinarian.
TOS: Thank you for taking time to encourage up-and-coming veterinarians
and open our eyes to the importance of
raising up the next generation of animal
Heather Mader lives in a household full of
music with her husband and 4 children.
“Have Faith, Have Fun” is their motto. She
loves to encourage homeschooling families
to heed the Lord’s leading in every aspect of
life, love, and education. Heather also loves
to bring stories to life as a voice over artist,
which is handy for family read-alouds.
Dr. Clark Fobian (AVMA President 2013-
2014) has practiced veterinary medicine
for more than three decades. A graduate of
the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Fobian established a
companion-animal clinic in Sedalia, Mo.,
where he has actively practiced since 1981.
Prior to his term as AVMA President, Dr.
Fobian served on the AVMA Executive
Board for six years. In addition to extensive Missouri Veterinary Medical Association involvement, he also chaired the
American Veterinary Medical Foundation
for two years.
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