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I've already heard the question during my first semester, one I feel many here are familiar with: what do you plan to do after graduation? My first inclination was to pursue veterinary medicine or farm management since my major is Equine Studies. My ideas soon found themselves challenged after I struggled to complete a dissection in my biology course. Since I suffer from low vision, uncorrectable by neither surgery nor current genetic therapies, seeing the specimen was quite difficult. I feel it wouldn't have even been completed without the aid of a camera provided to me by the state. I had conversations with a local veterinarian along with two well-known veterinary colleges and the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners. The general conclusion was veterinary medicine demanded too much eyesight and precision to be a suitable and safe career for me. I also inquired into management and general farm work as a career in the horse industry however, the few equine professionals I met have voiced great concern about my impairment. My career outlook is hindered even more by the inability to drive due to my disability. Horses are my passion, and while I feel the horse industry is where I want to be, I'm having a very difficult time finding career possibilities within the industry. In a prior post, I discussed a few difficulties I've already experienced in my own academic department, which may stem in part to having low vision. I need advice as to where I should turn next. I plan on meeting with the Office of Career and Calling upon my return to campus, but I'd also like to receive some reccomendations from the College Confidential community.3 replies