Hi there! My name is Bethany Bliss Brown, and if you were to ask me what my occupation is I would probably say a professional student, at least that is what it feels like and I still have 3+ years left. But at the end of it all, I will have succeeded in my life long dream of becoming a veterinarian.
To briefly say how I got to this point, please read below.
I was started as young as you can be in the animal and farming world. I was born into a super supportive family who just so happened to own a sheep and horse farm in Northern Ontario. I started riding when I was one year old and got my first pony when I was 3 years old. My parents owned a tack shop and ran a show and lesson barn, so I grew up in that environment and got to travel to horse shows frequently and began helping train ponies at a very young age. When I was around the age of 2, I got a couple of lambs for Christmas (why was the box making noises!!??) and so began my life as a sheep farmer, along with my dad who was experienced in the sheep farming department. I’ve got lots of good stories growing up on the farm, and I hope to share them with you!
As I got older, I was able to help more and more with the care of all our animals, and we had quite a variety over the years. Whether it be horses, sheep, cats, dogs, goats, rabbits, chickens or even our llama and pot bellied pig. I thrived in this environment; it’s where I felt most comfortable growing up. At 13, I started teaching riding lessons and at the 16 I officially started a summer company business called Windancer Stables where I taught riding lessons and camps to eager horse enthusiasts and began developing many planning, social and verbal skills. In 2008, I stayed an extra year of high school (more to come on this later) and did a co-op at Temiskaming Veterinary Services (TVS). I’ve been so incredibly fortunate in the jobs I’ve had, and it all began at TVS. The staff are more like family and have become my friends. Over the years, I have worked and volunteered with many veterinarians, technicians, and receptionists all of whom have been excellent teachers and essentially got me to where I am today. I don’t think I could ever thank them enough!
I started my undergrad at the University of Guelph in 2009 and majored in Animal Biology. For a couple of reasons which I will elaborate on later, I spent 5 1/2 years there and graduated in 2014.
In 2013, I started working at New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station, a part of the University of Guelph, as a beef summer student. I worked there for three years and finished last October. Did I learn a lot in those three years? That’s an understatement! Did make a lot of mistakes? You bet I did. Did I learn from those mistakes? Most definitely! The majority of my experience working with cattle came from here. But I also learned about research, general farm management, and about working with different people in general.
Somewhere in there I started a photography business focusing on pets and their people but have also done real estate, and family photography. You can see more of this at http://www.bethanyblissphotography.com. I also sold products at the Riverside Farmers Market and learned a lot about interacting with the public. People are fascinating, and I loved every minute of it!
Last year I also started selling allergy friendly baking at the Riverside Farmers Market under the name A Little Bit of Bliss. I learned a lot and met many incredible people along the way! I hope to include some of this baking in my blog as I know many people want to know where I get my recipes!