ABC Veterinary Assistant Program
Student of the Month
Sinead McMahon Stuessy
Sinead lives in Oceanside, Calif., where she enjoys being a full-time mom. She was watching TV when she heard about Animal Behavior College and its Veterinary Assistant Program, and decided to visit the website. Since childhood, Sinead has had a deep love for animals and credits her mom for it. She chose to become certified because she knew it would give her a competitive edge when looking for a position as a veterinary assistant.
What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
So far, my biggest challenge has been working with military working dogs. They are mostly German Shepherds and I had an extremely bad experience with one a few years ago. I overcome my fear by showing up everyday to work with those dogs, by practicing safe handling and remembering to breathe.
Describe a humorous moment you witnessed or took part in while working at your externship location.
Everyday has been fun and filled with smiles. Two of the Camp Pendleton Veterinary Treatment Facility’s office staff, who are from the East Coast, were getting really excited about a store that is similar to a 7-11, only better, they said. I’ve never seen someone get so excited about something like that.
What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?
My most rewarding moment involved working with the Army veterinarians. They do things a little different but they included me in just about everything.
What has your experience been like in the ABC Veterinary Assistant Program?
My experience with ABC has been very rewarding. Everyone, including those at my externship location, has been very kind.
What skills do you want to master during the next 12 months?
I would like to be able to improve on reading chemistries such as blood work and urinalysis. I would also love to master the anatomy of common animals, especially horses.
What are your future career plans?
I want to work with large animals, especially horses. I would also like to continue my education and pursue becoming an RVT.
If you could work with any exotic animal, what would it be and why?
Wolves; I want to learn more about them. I’ve always loved wolves, I’m fascinated by them.