Hey there! This may be a bit of a dumb question, but I’ve heard some conflicting information about when a residency is and is not required for certain interests. I’m an older student and want to settle down in the same state as my SO (who lives in a state without a vet school and who can’t move because of his job) and have a family before I’m too much on the older side. I’m not 100% sure what I’d like to do yet and as a first year student, I have time to figure it out, but it’d be nice to be armed with all the information possible as I prepare for my vet career in school. I’m thinking about GP including companion exotic/service animal practice (I wouldn’t want to do just dogs and cats), wildlife rehab (probably more as a pro bono side thing), ECC, or teaching. I’ve heard that teaching requires a residency (although I do have a MS already so I could get by without a PhD) and that ECC without a residency is more limited to outpatient care. However, if I wanted to do GP with small mammal, avian, and reptile companion animals would being board-certified be an absolute requirement? If it is, I’ve heard some people say that it’s harder to get a residency match after being in GP practice for a few years. Any thoughts? Thank you for any help or advice!