Selecting your career path can possibly be one of the most important decisions a person may make in their life. For 22-year-old Adriana Sotres, from Puebla, Mexico, the decision came easy. She followed in her father's footsteps, to become a veterinarian.
“I always wanted to be a doctor,” Sotres said. “I played doctor, had a stethoscope, and would give my mother candy as medicine.”
Sotres started helping and watching her father at his veterinarian clinic when she was 8-years-old.
“When I was 3 years old, I saw my father deliver some puppies by cesarean. I told my mother a big dog had eaten some small puppies,” Sotres said.
At that moment, Sotres knew she would be a doctor.
Sotres is a senior at Universidad Popul Autonoma del Estado de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. She has been in Athens for the past two weeks shadowing local veterinarians at Morton Small Animal Clinic.
Sotres will be graduating in December with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Upon graduation, Sotres will go to work with her father, Dr. Sergio Sotres, at his veterinarian clinic in Puebla.
“I have learned a lot here. There are some things the same, but the technology is a little better in the United States,” said Sotres. “Here, they have everything to make good diagnoses.”
Sotres said, “The pharmacies may be different than in Mexico. It may be cheaper to treat animals in Mexico.”
Dr. John Morton said, “I have been surprised how similar we are.”
Morton said here in the U.S., treatment and tools used in veterinarian medicine are very similar to what Sotres will use in Mexico.
“We have enjoyed visiting and sharing stories about animals and treatments,” said Morton.
Adriana will remain in Texas through August, at which time she will return to her hometown of Puebla. When Adriana returns home from the U.S., she will take with her what she has learned from her experience in Texas.
After observing the veterinarians in Athens, Adriana will travel to Fort Worth, before returning to Mexico. Adriana will spend the next two-and-a-half months shadowing Dr. Jed Ford in Fort Worth. During the 2-month period, she will also be visiting other veterinarian clinics.
Adriana's hometown, Puebla, not to be confused with Pueblo, is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Mexico, and home to almost 2 million people. Puebla is among the most affluent cities in Mexico.
Adriana, who has been a guest at the Mortons’ home, said, “I have enjoyed my time in Athens. Athens is much quieter that Puebla. You can see all the stars in the sky.”