A lot of people don’t know that before I came to South Korea to teach English, I worked in an animal hospital. I worked with mainly dogs and cats. I studied veterinary medicine at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. I have an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. What does that mean? It means I was an animal nurse.
Now, when I tell people this, they are so shocked that I left that job to come to Korea. They think working with dogs and cats is the coolest job ever. They say, “I would love to work with animals, they are so cute.”
And I always say, “Have you ever tried sticking a needle in a dog’s neck or putting your finger down a cat’s throat, or worse, in its ass?” Once you are doing things to an animal that it can’t possibly understand, they aren’t cute and cuddly anymore.
I lost my passion for the job because I got into vet med because I love animals. But in vet med, you don’t play with animals because the only animals you get to spend a lot of time with are sick or injured. And those animals fucking hate you because all they understand is that you are hurting them.
I couldn’t do it anymore because pet owners are ignorant as to how to properly raise an animal. So, I came to Korea to teach kids and I realized parents are equally ignorant as how to properly raise children.