How did you decide that this is the right profession for you?
I had always dreamt of being a Technician or Veterinarian. In my Sr. year of High School we were required to choose a profession of interest to us and spend the day shadowing someone. I chose to shadow an Equine Technician and loved it. Banking was a lot of fun but it was far too clean, and there aren’t any animals.
What are your top 3 favorite things about your career?
How many pets do you have?
Tell us a little about yourself that you don’t think our clients know.
I have had puppies in my adult life and bottle fed many kittens but when choosing a pet to adopt will always go with an adult. Against the norm I prefer to have a pet that already has some maturity to them (our cat Big Puff was adopted at 8-10 yrs. of age 6 years ago and is one of many “old” pets that we have adopted over the last 8 years.)
In this profession people often don’t think that we get grossed out. What makes your stomach churn a little?
Nearly anything to do with eyes just makes me wants to exit the room. Maggots are not for me either and I just can’t stand wood ticks. Some days I can touch them and some days it just isn’t going to happen. I do however absolutely LOVE pus!
What is something that your pets have taught with you that you feel sharing with others would help them in their struggles?
I talk with clients about this often, but really can’t say it enough. You need to get your pet used to being handled at a young age. (If you adopt them start slowly and work up to it. Keep in mind it is all about trusting you). It’s no coincidence or stroke of good luck that I am able to do nearly everything with my pets by myself. It helps that I have had a lot of practice over the years, but it’s from personal experience that I am telling this. Make your puppy lie next to you on its side many times a day until they stop struggling, hug them tightly. Even more when they don’t like it!!!!! Grab their legs like you are going to hold off a vein for a blood draw, mess with their ears like you are cleaning them and get in their mouths. If you invade their personal space on a regular basis, then praise and reward them for their good behavior when doing so it will make your lives easier. This makes treating infections, giving medication and most of all visiting us for these things routine. The best part is that none of these things are scary when we do them so that their visits are not so stressful.