From Horse Jockey to Horse Doctor
Imagine working all your life for your dream, becoming one of the best in the nation at what you do, and then have it all taken away...because of your weight.
That's what happened to 32 year old Ramon Perez. At age 16, weighing only 108 pounds, Perez began his career as a horse jockey, but at 23 his career ended after struggling to keep his weight down.
So he took the biggest set back of his life and turn it around by becoming a large animal veterinarian. Perez says there is a bond with horses that doesn't change, whether he is riding on them, or walking alongside them,
"You still have to pick up the subtle little details that they'll show, whether it's riding and knowing how much to push them or knowing on the ground how sick the horse is," said Perez.
Perez graduates from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in a little over a week and will begin his career as a large animal vet by participating in an internship in Sydney, Australia.
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