It’s a common question that we get asked here at the clinic. Can you become a vet if you are allergic to cats? The answer, in short, is yes. Let’s explore why this is the case.
Can you become a vet if you are allergic to cats?
It is possible to become a veterinarian even if you are allergic to cats, but it may not be the best idea.
Allergies range from mild to severe, and vet students must interact with cats regularly.
If you have a severe allergy, you may have trouble breathing or experience other potentially dangerous symptoms when around cats. Even if you carry an EpiPen, there is always the risk of anaphylactic shock.
If you are only mildly allergic, you may be able to manage your symptoms with medication. However, it is essential to remember that allergies can worsen over time, so you may eventually find it impossible to continue working with cats.
For this reason, many people with cat allergies choose to pursue other careers in veterinary medicine.
A few reasons why being allergic to cats do not preclude someone from becoming a veterinarian.
First and foremost, not all veterinarians treat cats exclusively. Many vets see a wide variety of animals, including dogs, rabbits, and even reptiles.
So, if you’re allergic to cats but still want to become a veterinarian, there’s a good chance you can find a veterinary practice that doesn’t see many (or any) felines.
Secondly, even if you work at a clinic that sees a lot of cats, there are ways to mitigate your allergies.
For example, you can take allergy medication beforehand or wear a mask while working with the animals. As long as you’re taking the necessary precautions, your allergies shouldn’t prevent you from doing the job you love.
In conclusion, there’s no need to let cat allergies stop you from becoming a veterinarian if that’s what you’ve always wanted to do. There are plenty of ways to work around your allergies so that they don’t get in the way of your career goals. So go out there and chase your dreams—even if they involve working with some furry (or not-so-furry) friends.