Editor's Note: This story is part of a series focusing on Shawnee High School students who are preparing for future careers through internships as part of Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP).
From observing examinations to assisting with filing, Shawnee High School senior Jared Miner is learning the ins and outs of veterinary medicine from his internship at Town and Country Veterinary Clinic.
According to the 17-year-old, he chose the internship hoping to learn more about animal health as he wants to be a veterinarian and work with primates in a lab or zoo when he grows up.
"I really want to be a vet and I wanted to work with primates, but they wanted to keep internships here in town," Miner said.
The intern explained through his observations, he has been able to learn more about the inner workings of a small animal hospital.
According to veterinarian Joel Wilson, D.V.M, it's important for Miner to see all the moving parts of a place such as his clinic.
"We're mainly trying to get him to observe so he can find out what's going on and what the profession is actually like," Wilson said.
Miner explained he's benefitted greatly from his internship and has learned quite a bit about what his future would look like.
"I've learned a lot about what I would need to do. Me and Dr. Wilson have talked about the education I would need and he's gone over with me the anatomy and shown me how to set up different things," Miner said.
For Miner, the best aspect of his internship is working with the animals and learning how to help them.
"I've always just really liked animals," Miner said.
According to Wilson, he wants to properly educate Miner and prepare him for the long process of becoming a veterinarian.
"A lot of kids want to be around animals, but a lot of it has to do with human interaction and communication," Miner said. "We're trying to branch into getting him some information on the different aspect of veterinary medicine."
Wilson said Miner has learned several aspects of veterinary medicine including public health, research and education.
The vet said he's enjoyed having Miner as an intern because he can teach someone else what he learned when he first started pursuing veterinary medicine.
"It's been good. It kind of stimulates me to think back on some of the things I've kind of gone past and not paid that much attention to," Wilson said.
The mentor said he feels Miner has what it takes to be a vet and he said because of his internship Miner will have an advantage to other undergraduate students.
"I think anybody that wants to work with apes, they're really branching out," Wilson said. "It'll give him an overall idea of what direction (to go)."
In addition to his internship, Miner said he is an actor and he is in choir.
After he graduates, Miner said he is going on a church mission trip and when he comes back he will go to a local college for his bachelor's degree before enrolling in Oklahoma State University's veterinary program.