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For this episode we welcomed Dr. Amanda Doran to the show for a conversation about her unique journey in the field of veterinary medicine. We know a lot of girls are passionate about helping animals and making the world a better place, and Dr. Doran has found a way to do both of those things through her career. We think you’ll will be interested in hearing about the way she is able to care for animals and people, and how she recognized her calling.
Dr. Doran talks about why she became a veterinarian – she never even considered doing anything else! She shares about her love of her mom’s family’s dairy farm, how much she cared about animals and helping them, and why she always wanted to be the magical green healing crystal in the game Tales of the Crystals when she was a kid.
Dr. Doran started out in general practice, which is what we usually think about when we think about a vet, then got into emergency medicine, then pathology and research, but she wanted something more from her career as a vet and just didn’t feel like what she was doing was satisfying or sustainable. Dr. Doran had a personal experience with her own dog that made her realize her real passion, and now she’s headed in a new direction working with animal hospice and at-home euthanasia helping animals and their families through end-of-life care. She helps bring comfort and care, pain management, and quality of life to pets that have a terminal illness or are at the end of their lives, while supporting their families and taking into account beliefs and needs.
Dr. Doran talks about learning about herself, setting boundaries, and taking a big risk with her life and career. She recognizes that at one point she was hiding from the world, feeling a little defeated and like she had to settle for something that wasn’t fulfilling. She talks about finally tuning into what would make her happy and feel like her heart was on fire, and that finding your calling, passion, or gift isn’t always easy or obvious. It can be scary and hard! It took a lot of mentors and supports to guide her on her path. She talks about the “hero’s journey,” like Harry Potter, Frodo, Katniss…and the journey she’s on to help pets and their families and ultimately change the face of end-of-life care for animals and people.
Science fields aren’t just about facts and figures, there’s an interpersonal, connected, and very helpful piece that plays into a lot of STEM careers too, especially veterinary medicine. Dr. Doran’s experience is so moving, we really appreciate how open and honest she was with us in sharing her personal story.
We had so many great takeaways from this conversation, we hope you will too.
As always, stay tuned at the end for Would You Rather and Girls Pick. We hope you’re all safe and well – see you next time!
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