Hi Mr. Alcorn! I have been reading several of your posts regarding animals and what God asks of us. I have always wanted to work in the veterinary industry, as God has given me an intense love and desire to care for all creation. I am now pursuing a career in veterinary technology. However, I always struggle with many Christians believing this career is putting animals about humans, and that I am not doing the duty of caring for other humans. However, I believe that by caring for animals we are also caring for humans. We are providing them with God’s gift of emotional support and friendship through taking care of their pets. Do you think God approves of careers in veterinary medicine? I just want to honor Him.
I’m responding on Randy’s behalf. If you’ve seen many of his personal posts (it sounds like you have seen some), you’ll know how much he and his wife Nanci love dogs, and animals in general!
I know Randy would completely agree with what you wrote: “I believe that by caring for animals we are also caring for humans. We are providing them with God’s gift of emotional support and friendship through taking care of their pets.”
I think you will enjoy this video and find it applicable:
Randy writes, “Certainly people can go to unhealthy extremes with their animals. Still, though we understandably roll our eyes at pet psychologists or estates left to Siamese cats, we should ask ourselves why so many people find such companionship, solace, and joy in their pets. Is it because of sin? I believe it’s because of how God has made animals, and us.”
Here’s an example of a group using veterinary services for missions work: Christian Veterinary Mission.
This article isn’t specific to being a veterinarian, but Randy talks about how God can use any career as a platform to honor Him.
God bless you in your studies, and how exciting to think about how He will use your unique skills and abilities to advance His Kingdom!
Stephanie Anderson is the communications and graphics specialist at Eternal Perspective Ministries.