Hi Jim!! Sounds like you and I have a lot in common! I don't live in NJ, but I live in Westchester Cty, NY.. which is the suburbs North of NYC.
I work for a veterinarian (and have for 3 yrs.. this is my fourth summer). I've got three cats of my own, and am fostering a kitten right now (which my brother and his girlfriend decided to adopt when they get their apartment!). My youngest cat, Monchichi (Munchie) was a feral kitten taken out of a coworkers backyard feral colony. You couldn't handle him when he first came in, he was about 5 wks old and terrified of everything, even string! I couldn't get enough of him though, and now he's mine! He's still a little skiddish sometimes, but I think its more that he has his own agenda all the time that he needs to go attend to! The rest of the time he's playful, too smart for anyone's good, and insanely affectionate! His picture, and the foster kitten (Atticus) are posted with the photos here if you'd like to see a few of my 'kids'! I've fostered 3 other kittens this year, and a bunch in the past from bottle feeding every two hours to just having a crazed litter running around until its old enough to be adopted!
Good luck on being a vet! Its a very difficult profession, for many reasons. I actually have no interest in becoming anything in veterinary medicine. I sort of fell into my job and stuck about for a bunch of boring reasons
I'd like a PhD in developmental psych (so far, i've got a BA)...
Okay, I've rambled on enough. Enjoy your stay
If you ever wanna chat cats or vets, gimmie a buzz!