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Senior Meg Clark gets to work with animals on a daily basis.

Senior Meg Clark gets to work with animals on a daily basis.

Zoee Rogers

Zoee Rogers

Senior Meg Clark gets to work with animals on a daily basis.

Zoee Rogers, Writer/Photographer

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Some people get the creeps from things that crawl. Others are allergic to the four-legged and furry. Some people cannot stand the smell of stables and others have never been in them. It takes a certain kind of person to sign up for a veterinary clinic internship. It takes a person who is compassionate, determined, and willing to get close to all the animals in need. It takes a person like senior Megan Clark.

Clark has had a love of animals ever since she can remember. Having spent a lot of time on her grandpa’s farm growing up, Clark said she was exposed to many different kinds of animals. Those experiences, along with frequent pets at home, gave Clark the foundation needed to participate in LCM’s veterinary program.

“I’ve pretty much always known that I loved animals and wanted to work with them in some shape or form,” Clark said.

Clark was first introduced to the veterinary program her junior year after taking an agriculture class. As an intern, her responsibilities include administering morning medication to the horses, preparing vaccines, and setting up machines. She also helps keep the work space clean for both the doctor and the animals.

“Your first year you do lots of book work, so when you get to go out in the field your senior year you know what you’re doing,” Clark said.

Because of her involvement with the internship program, Clark will be able to graduate with a license stating she is capable of working in a veterinary clinic. Her plan is to continue to work in places such as clinic and shelters throughout college.

“Being a vet isn’t my real dream,” Clark said. “I want to be a zoologist one day.”

I want to be a zoologist one day.”

— Megan Clark

In the meantime, Clark said she is enjoying her time in the program, especially since horses are among her favorite animals and the place she interns with deals primarily with horses. During her experience as an intern, Clark has learned a multitude of things about proper animal care, but also some things about the creatures she works with.

“You see these animals coming in hurt and scared, depending on you to help them and make them better,” Clark said. “I want people to know that animals have a heart. I want to make sure all the animals of the world are cared for, whether it’s a horse or a snake.”

 

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