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Career planning

AAHA has developed the following tools and recommendations to help you navigate your veterinary career.

Develop a personal mission statement

A personal mission statement clearly states what you are working toward for a specific period of time; it’s quite different from a to-do list that outlines what you will be doing hour by hour or minute by minute. The difference is focus—and that focus is based on who you are, what you believe, and what you really want.

Use this template to craft your personal mission statement

Utilize vision planning

Graduating from veterinary school is a time of immense change. Where will you work? Where will you live? How will you juggle increasingly complex personal, family, and work commitments? What steps will you take to ensure you can look back on your life with satisfaction and pride?

Create a vision plan in three easy steps

Set goals

Setting well-defined goals can often make the difference between realizing a dream and just dreaming. Goals keep you on track; they prevent you from wasting time on activities that don’t move you closer to what you really want. But setting goals involves more than creating a glorified to-do list. We recommend setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART) to keep you on the right path.

Follow these steps to create your own SMART goals