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It sounds like you're thinking about this very carefully - like I said, it's really great to see and I wish more teenagers had your approach!

You're absolutely right that bird boarding can be difficult - depending on what country you're in, there may be very few options or none at all. It can also be expensive: our two birds' boarding has cost more than a holiday for my wife and me! It's nearly impossible to find someone who is willing to birdsit who has the combination of time, experiemce or willingness to learn, and is liked by your bird(s).

It's a really good idea to wait until you've got those huge life changes under your belt: study and graduation; placements and internships; moving in with your partner; finding a job and perhaps buying your own home. Unfortunately landlords can be very funny about birds because they seem to think that they're all wall-destroying monsters, and if your bird should turn out to be a wall-destroying monster, it's likely to get expensive and unpleasant. The advantage of owning your own home is that it matters less if your bird decides to chomp on the doors :)
Haha yea, I’ve learnt how messy and destructive birds can get with our past childhood birds. Ideally I hope we’ll be able to buy a house as if all goes to plan and I do move in with my partner, we’d both be working at jobs we like so we can put more to saving than someone w a family per say. But that’s a whole other chapter, I won’t dwell about it much now lol :)
 

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I am very sorry to hear that. I’ve been told similar; that the money I’ve spent on studying or caring for birds could be better spent helping children or poor people.

im glad you’ve got support of your friends’ parents even if not your own parents. I hope that with every generation more people are LGBT friendly. I have had trouble moving for a job to places that were NOT friendly.

I had trouble in grad school with my advisor and because my family and I did not know what to expect, I got taken advantage of. I might suggest you find an older lgbt faculty to mentor you. You do need someone who knows the system and cares about you. Luckily professional school is motivated to get everyone through successfully and you’re not controlled by a single faculty member.
And if you don't find anyone in your department, I'm that older LGBTQ faculty member who's willing to help out where they can :) obviously I won't know the peculiarities of your own department or university, but I'm pretty good at navigating university systems. It would be better if you could find someone in your department or university because sometimes it's just nice knowing that you can go to someone's office for a cup or tea and a biscuit, but if you can't find anyone then I'll be that person.
Thank you both so much :) so far I’ve managed to familiarise myself with some lgbt staff when I visited one of the unis that gave me an offer (one of them was super cool and specialised in big cats) so I hope I’ll be able to ask them for guidance and etc. As far as I know, many unis here in the UK have LGBT support societies and etc which I’m looking forward to joining :)
 
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Yes. I keep reminding myself that things have gotten better (I hope) since I was your age and experiencing stressors/ discrimination.
Honestly I would think there might be a lot of lgbt presence in vet medicine. I was in a related field that was then and now very male dominated and at that school keeping women “ in line”.

I had a much better undergrad experience and wish I had not been so carefully isolated as a graduate student. I don’t know ivv gcc grad students have more protection now but I hope so.
 
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Welcome! We'd love some photos of your pets if you've got any to send here :)
 

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Yes. I keep reminding myself that things have gotten better (I hope) since I was your age and experiencing stressors/ discrimination.
Honestly I would think there might be a lot of lgbt presence in vet medicine. I was in a related field that was then and now very male dominated and at that school keeping women “ in line”.

I had a much better undergrad experience and wish I had not been so carefully isolated as a graduate student. I don’t know ivv gcc grad students have more protection now but I hope so.
There has been a lot more lgbt presence than I was expecting in vet med! Just in the clinic I volunteered at, many staff were lgbt and I felt right at home :) the vet who supervised me and let me watch most of her consultations had just married her wife and honestly it made me so happy to see that there is a future that I can be myself in.
 

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Welcome! We'd love some photos of your pets if you've got any to send here :)
oh believe me I’d love to spam this entire thread with every picture of my cat I have but I’m quite paranoid that someone in my family who I’m closeted to will recognise him and cause trouble (why I was refraining on saying his name too). However as soon as I can private message, I’ll definitely send a link to his ig to anyone who asks :)
 

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I’m also particularly interested in animal nutrition and replicating pet diets to those that they would eat in the wild. Thus I’m not very enthusiastic about commercial foods and the pet food industry (conflicting for an aspiring vet I know). And so for my own cat, I feed him a raw diet that mimics what he would eat in the wild and that has made me more interested in how commercial diets for other animals differ to how their diets would be in the wild as well.
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oh believe me I’d love to spam this entire thread with every picture of my cat I have but I’m quite paranoid that someone in my family who I’m closeted to will recognise him and cause trouble (why I was refraining on saying his name too). However as soon as I can private message, I’ll definitely send a link to his ig to anyone who asks :)
That's totally understandable! When you're able to pm, send me a link ;)
 
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:welcometrain:Welcome, Sybil!

Enjoy the Avenue! :starshower:
 
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