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Letter to the Judges 517 Crested Hawk Ridge Canton, GA 30114 10 April 2017 Judges, Senior Project Cherokee High School 930 Marietta Hwy. Canton, GA 30114 Dear Judges: My name is Amanda Tlacil and I am a senior at Cherokee High School. I am going to Kansas State University to become a Large Animal Veterinarian and eventually open up my own practice. I chose to shadow a veterinarian for my Senior Capstone Career Project so I can see and learn what it’s like to be a veterinarian. I was able to learn about the digestion, nutrition, care, and medical needs of the giraffe at Zoo Atlanta. I then took the things I learned about giraffe and their care, and taught a fourth grade class. I wrote my paper on holistic treatments in veterinary medicine. I learned that there are many natural treatments for ailments that may be more effective and mare beneficial to animals. I took a specific look at cancer treatment. I found that treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, while effective at treating the disease, have many negative side effects as well. There is scientific evidence that many natural products and treatments like, acupuncture and diet can have the same result while limiting these negative side effects. As a veterinarian I would like to specialize in and offer no traditional methods of treatment to the animals I care for. For my product, I taught a fourth grade class at Canton Elementary. Talking to my Facilitator, Dr. Rivera, I learned that a big part of being a veterinarian is knowing how to teach the animal owners how to care for their animal. On top of that, experienced vets are set with the task of teaching new vets how to do their job. It was difficult for me to learn how to take my knowledge and articulate it in a way that was comprehensible and entertaining to the students. This relates to my research paper because a big part of performing these non traditional treatments is explains to the owner what it is and what it does because most people are not as familiar with it. Overall, I really enjoyed teaching the kids. They were very interested in learning and asked a lot of questions. By learning about giraffe care and veterinary medicine I was able to experience a real life look at what my desired career entails. I learned that I really enjoy teaching others about veterinary medicine. This is very beneficial because a part of being a veterinarian is teaching people and other vets. By learning about holistic medicine I was able to see a whole new side of medicine and really take a look into what extra classes I might want to take, or things I want to make sure I learn about or learn how to do. Throughout this project I was really able to take an in depth look at veterinary medicine that I could not get by just reading about it. At the beginning of the year, I was not excited about this project. It was just another hoop I had to jump through to graduate. However, as I started to dive in, I saw how far I could take this project and how beneficial it could be to me. I’m really glad I had an excuse to do the things I had only dreamed of pursuing in high school, and make connections That can help me throughout my life. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Amanda Tlacil Amanda Tlacil