Raven Jackson

Raven Jackson

Veterinarian


Chimp Haven

Keithville, LA US


Sometimes we think that we have dreams that are unobtainable. But look at my story-wherever your starting place is, you can still obtain the goals that you want.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
While she was in college, she was assigned to do behavioral studies of three species of animals.
She enjoyed working with the wolves and cheetahs, but it was quickly apparent that working with the chimps was her passion.
After college, she was slated to begin a residency at a primate research facility in Oregon.
The job hinged on her passing her medical board exam; she failed by one point, and the residency was revoked.
Seeing her dreams put on hold made her depressed for some time-as a type-A personality, she didn't know how to deal with that disappointment.
Eventually she applied to another internship working with small monkeys, but she let them know that working with chimps was her dream.
Her boss found her a connection to Chimp Haven, but once again, the job hinged on her passing her medical board exams.
This time, she said "failure wasn't an option"; she devoted a huge part of her life to studying, she passed the test, "and then everything fell into place."
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Animal Sciences, General
Tuskegee University
graduate
Graduate
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Tuskegee University
doctorate
Doctorate
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Tuskegee University
Career

Career

Veterinarian

I oversee the health needs of more than 200 chimps living at our sanctuary.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Medicine
Medicine
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I go on daily rounds of the chimp sanctuary to ensure the health needs of all of the animals in our care are being met from nutrition, play/recreation, and more.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Utilize the relationships of people around you to cultivate and help develop your career. There are people who come into your life for a purpose and using their expertise, advice, etc. is to teach you something about yourself.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

There are many routes to your final destination. Some straight forward, some with unexpected bumps, twists and turns. Despite the route taken treasure the scenery along the way and, keep pressing until you reach your expected end.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Animal Sciences, General
graduate
Graduate
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm not smart enough for this. "

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Failed Board Exams