ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – April 2013
Shayna Thiebold lives in beautiful Orange County, Calif., and is the proud owner of a four-year-old American pit bull named Mia Amore and a four- year- old Puggle named Emily. Her passion for the American pit bull is what led her into the veterinary field. Shayna is an active advocate of the breed; she is their voice and they are her reason.
- What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?
My passion for the American pit bull terrier inspired me. Many pit bulls are stereotyped, misunderstood and treated badly. In the future, I plan to open my very own pit bull sanctuary. My goal is to rescue them and give them a loving home.
- What was the biggest challenge you have faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I faced was when I had to do tasks on my own. There were times I had do tasks in front of the technicians and veterinarians. I overcame this challenge by putting all of my studies to the test. I was nervous but I did well. I made sure to always ask questions and take plenty of notes.
- Describe a humorous moment that you witnessed or took part in while working at a veterinary hospital.
A humorous moment occurred when a big 90-lb. Rottweiler came in for an exam. The Rottweiler turned out to have lick granuloma on his paws and testicles. The veterinarian instructed us to give him Animax, and the male assistant was given the task. When it came time to apply the medication on the testicles, he was embarrassed to do it. Actually, he was embarrassed to do it in front of female employees. We all laughed and made a joke about it. The poor guy even said, “This is really pushing my buttons” with an awkward smirk on his face.
- What is one thing you have learned not to say to a pet owner?
Never tell pet owners they cannot be seen because they do not have an appointment or because the hospital is about to close. The clients get very angry, and when they do, they tend to look at the hospital in a negative way. This can lead to bad reviews and negative comments.
- What are your plans for the future?
I plan to go back to school. I would like to pursue a career as a veterinarian. I know it is a lot of hard work, dedication and schooling, but this is what I am destined to do. I am ready for anything that comes my way. I have the passion and drive to do this.