Our expert says:
Neither did I !
( realize I was able to offer career advice )
5 distinctions are a lot at any time. And achieving the BSc was a very major achievement --- well done.
But PLEASE don't feel like I or anyone else has ripped any carpet from under your feet --- just think through whether ANY of the points I raised make sense or may apply. Now you didn't reveal before that your main interest might be in Veterinary medicine, beause, though I don't have much experience of that, I would think the problems would be consideraly less --- I doubt that vets are so often up all night after a busy day, wrestling with creatures who took overdoses or shot each other, they may be better able to tailor their working hours and week to suit themselves. They may also be able to continue working to an older age ( and it's remarkable in SA more than most countries, how many doctors are still working into their 70's and beyond ) as the work is very important, intellectually demanding, but unless you work exclusively with very large animals, I'd think it's probably less physically demanding. Also, I'd guess more of the work is in the private setor, where you would be in charge of your own practice, rather than subject to the brainless bureacracies that plague medical doctors in public service.
Why not discuss your hopes with some nice vets ( who you must know through your existing breeding kennel work ) and maybe with someone, perhaps identified through them, on the faculty of the Vet School you are considering, for their opinions, which will be better informed than mine.
Don't let me tread on your dreams, Scottie --- just work on making them practical --- with your history and atitude, you could make a splendid vet
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