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Let Me Introduce Myself

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McKenzie Jorgensen

on 24 April 2015

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Let Me Introduce Myself...
My Career Goal
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian. It wasn't until recently, about three years ago, that I realized that I really want to become a zoo veterinarian. Zoo veterinarians are vets that work on the exotic animals of the zoo. (Pretty self explanatory, right?) Zoo vets get called into work at most any time of the day, any day of the week. As a zoo vet, I would get the chance to work with and treat all types of wild animals, which in my opinion, is pretty cool.
My Goals
Short Term Goals
My Educational Plan
Year 1
My Strengths and Weaknesses
By McKenzie Jorgensen
My Career Goal Continued...
Employment of veterinarians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. The job openings are stemming from the vast need to replace veterinarians who retire or decide to leave the work force in this field. The employment is expected to increase 36% between 2010 and 2020. (That is extremely high.)

As of right now, there are many job offerings as zoo vets, and most other types of vets, it is just a little harder to get one of them because they have such high requirements and for me, none of the zoos openings are close to home.
My Career Goals Continued...
The expected salary for a zoo veterinarian is fairly high.

Zoo Vets- More than $90,000 (averagely)

Zoo Keeper- $20,000 to $30,000 a year.

Zoologists- $60,000 to $70,000 a year.

Zoo Commissary Keeper- $25,000 to $30,000 a year.

Zoo Curator- Around $49,000 a year (Top 10% gets around $87,000 a year.)

Zoo Veterinary Technician- $35,000 to $45,000 a year.

Zoo Registrar- $30,000 to $50,000 a year.

Zoo Educator- Around $30,000 a year.
Working Conditions
My Career Goal Continued...
Zoo vets tend to work outside most of the time, being that zoo animals live mostly outside. They even have to work outside if the weather is unfavorable, like extreme heat or cold, rain or shine.
To be a zoo vet, you need to have considerable physical strength for when they have to treat large animals like elephants or lions. Zoo vets also have to be aware that they will more than likely have to work long and/or irregular hours, especially if the zoo they work at has an animal that is severely ill or is expected to give birth any time.
Since you are working in a zoo with wild animals, there is a chance that you may be harmed by one of them especially if they are in pain or they feel like they are being threatened or they are frightened.
Medium Term Goals
Long Term Goals
Get a new job and start saving money for college
Finish my high school career with a GPA of 3.4 or higher at both OC and SHS (2016)
Graduate high school with my AA
Get started volunteering and doing internships for local vet hospitals,pet stores, and animal adoption services
Take a summer class in the summer of 2015 for pre-vet technicians
Gain admission to Washington State University
Gain admission into WSU's veterinary program
Get a stable job near my university to help pay for all of my school fees
Finish my first four years at WSU and come back the next year for two more years
Graduate from WSU with Master's Degree
Get my veterinary license
Pass the state veterinary tests
Become a zoo veterinarian
Be married by 27 years old
Have kids (at least 3)
Want to live somewhere warm, like California
Own a house, not rent
Good at multitasking
Hard working
Pay good attention
Good writer and reader
Learn quickly
Good with time management
Money management
Remembering to fill out and complete paper work
Year 2
Fall Quarter (15 credits)
Winter Quarter (15 credits)
Spring Quarter (15 credits)
Fall Quarter (15 credits)
Winter Quarter(15 credits)
Spring Quarter (15 credits)
#Associate in Arts Degree (AA) 2014-2016
Credits required-90 So far applied- 45
GPA required- 2.0 Current GPA-3.07
ENGL&101-English Composition 1 (5 credits)
MATH&141-Pre Calculus: Algebra (5 credits)
ART&100-Art Appreciation (5 credits)
GEN-S130-Dependable Strengths Process & GEN-S140-Career Planning/Life Exploration (3 credits)
BIOL&160-General Biology w/lab (5 credits)
HIST&137- US History 2 (5 credits)
PARED101-Child Development& Parenting (2 credits)
ENGL&102- English Composition 2 (5 credits)
BIO&175- Human Biology (5 credits)
PSYC&100-General Psychology (5 credits)
SPAN&121-Spanish 1 (5 credits)
SOC&101-Intro to Sociology (5 credits)
MEDA 110-Anatomy and Physiology (5 credits)
SPAN&122-Spanish 2 (5 credits)
BIOL 101-Introduction to Marine Science (5 credits)
MATH&151-Calculus 1 (5 credits)
SCI 100-Introduction to Science (5 credits)
MATH&146-Intro to Statistics (5 credits)
SPAN&123-Spanish 3 (5 credits)
After graduating my senior year and second year of college with my Associate of Arts degree, I am planning on applying to and attending Washington State University (WSU) in their veterinary program. I plan to keep attending WSU until I finish my Master's degree. I chose WSU because they have one of the best veterinary programs.

My Educational Plan Continued
My Educational Plan
Pre-veterinary, or pre-vet, medicine is not a major in its self, however, you can incorporate it into any major, but you do need to earn your Master's Degree most of the time. So, I plan to major in Animal Sciences Along with that, I will have to get my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). There are quite a bit of prerequisites:
CHEM105 -BIOL107
CHEM106 -BIOL301
BIOL106 -PHYS201
SATS212,STATS412, or

-ENGL 101
MATH106 and 108 or higher
-Any communication class
As well as all these class pre-reqs, there is a bit of other stuff you have to complete to be a part of many college veterinary programs:
GRE Revised General Test (Graduate Record Examinations)
At least 3 letters of recommendation, at least 1 from a vet
At least 200 hours of veterinary/ animal care experience
Volunteer work and community service
45 minute on site interview
You also need around 150 credits on top of all of the testing you have to do to become a veterinarian. It also takes 8 years to become a vet but I will graduate with 2 years already so I will only need 6.
-Spring applications open (Start mid January)
-Fall semester admission and scholarship applications open. (Start mid August)
-Sign ups for WSU Fall Preview
-DEADLINE-- November 15-Spring semester admission
-DEADLINE--January 31-Fall semester applications
-DEADLINE--Scholarship applications
-FAFSA due
-Apply for university housing
-Transfer registration days
-Send in $200 tuition fee for housing before May 1
-DEADLINE--May 1-Confirm admission
-DEADLINE--May 15-Submit financial aid
-Mandatory registration and orientation program
-Week of Welcome
Financial Plan
I have been saving up all of my money that I earn and my parents have been saving money for me to go to college too. I am currently looking for another job so I will be able to save more money, faster. My parents and I are looking into the FAFSA and I plan on applying for scholarships, but I know the money is not guaranteed so my parents have said that I will pay for what I can and they will pay for the rest that I cannot afford.
Tuition Costs
Room and Board Costs
Books and Supply costs
It costs around
in tuition costs.
Room costs around
Board costs around
Books cost around
It is recommended that you save around $2,000 a year for miscellaneous expenses:
Snacks- $200
Emergencies- $600
It is recommended
that you save around $1,500
for transportation.
Closing Statement
Nothing is guaranteed and nothing is written in stone. I realized this while working on this presentation. I also realized how much work and planning has to go into your future. This just means that from now on I am just going to have to be more focused and organized and ready to go. This presentation really helped me realize that I need to be on top of things but I know that no matter what happens, I will always have people who care about me and will help motivate me and push me to succeed.
"Deadlines and Important Dates.
" Washington State University
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Zoo Careers and Salaries.
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"Pre-Veterinary Medicine."
Washington State University Admissions.
Washington State University. 2015. Web. 4 March 2015. http://admission.wsu.edu/academics/fos/Public/field.castle?id=7849
"Professional School Requirements." WSU Health Professions Student
Center. Washington State University. Web. 4 March 2015 http://healthprofessions.wsu.edu/preparation-tracks/pre-veterinary/professional-school-requirements-pre-veterinary/
"What it Costs to Attend WSU." Washington State University Admissions.
Washington State University. 2015. Web. 4 March 2015. http://admission.wsu.edu/scholarships/cost.html#
Williams, Ellie.
"Staff Veterinarian Job Description for a Zoo"
Demand Media. Web. 4 March 2015. http://work.chron.com/staff-veterinarian-job-description-zoo-12482.html
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