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October – Veterinary Assistant Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Veterinary Assistant Program
Student of the Month
October 2014

Elizabeth Alonso

Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month is Elizabeth Alonso

Elizabeth Alonso, who lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, is a very motivated student who has dedicated herself completely to the program and her studies. Elizabeth did her externship at St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic and, shortly thereafter, she applied and got hired to work full-time at Murphy Road Animal Hospital. From there, Elizabeth plans to continue her education and become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

  • What prompted you to become a veterinary assistant? Was there a specific event, circumstance or person who inspired you to pursue this career?

My husband, who is in the military, and I were moving from Georgia to Tennessee, and I decided it was time for a career change. I went from human medicine, working at a neurology clinic for almost 10 years, to a Patient Services Coordinator to veterinary medicine. My husband and I are huge animal lovers, and I’ve always said if there were circumstances where I could change careers, I would take it. Fortunately, I’ve had the support of my husband during this transition.

  • What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was dealing with my emotions during a euthanasia process. Regardless, the veterinarians were all very supportive. They allowed me to show my emotions, which was actually very helpful for the owners during their last moments with their pets.

  • What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

My most rewarding moment was having my first parvovirus patient make a full recovery. She came in very sick and was hospitalized for about eight days. I had to hand-feed her for five of those days. I found out she was released the day after I completed my externship.

  • Describe a humorous moment you witnessed or took part in while working at your externship location.

A humorous moment occurred when dealing with a very unhappy feline. She just did not want to go in the kennel for boarding. The technician I was assisting finally got her in the kennel and the feline gave her a nice love tap to let her know she was not happy. Luckily, no one was injured with her paw taps because she was de-clawed.

  • How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?

I found ABC by researching online for a Certified Veterinary Assistant program. I wanted the certification because my husband is in the military. We have a tendency to move around frequently. Since we will be moving to another state again at some point, I wanted a foundation to build on. This is a career I can take with me to any state I move to.

October 2014 Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month

ABC
Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
October 2014

Tracy Hamilton

Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student of the Month is Tracy Hamilton

Animal Behavior College’s soon-to-be graduate Tracy Hamilton lives in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, on Vancouver Island. She trains part-time at Cedar Ridge Canine while working at Little Rascals Pets and Supplies in Ladysmith, British Columbia. Tracy said her plate is pretty full, but that doesn’t stop her from hiking. “Don’t worry. I still manage to get in a good hike each week with a few fellow dog lovers,” she said. Tracy has wanted to work with animals her whole life. As a youngster, she wanted to be a marine biologist, but when she realized she wasn’t that good at science, Tracy went back to the drawing board. After researching on the Internet, she came across Animal Behavior College and the rest “is history.”

  • What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

I think one of my most rewarding moments was when I finally realized how confident I was when it came to instructing classes. I always knew how good I was with dogs, but didn’t fully realize until I worked the kennels in the SPCA for a while.

  • Describe one pet story that touched you the most during your volunteer hours.

During my volunteer hours, I had the joy of working with a Cane Corso that didn’t do well around strangers. She was a very large dog and quick to react. My most memorable moment was when I came in to work with her. We had been working a lot on no jumping up, as she was a big girl. She would run at me then do a sliding stop on her back so I could rub her belly. Nothing but dust, jowls and slobber; she was so thrilled to see me. I plan on continuing to volunteer in the future.

  • What are your plans for dog training? Do you want to specialize in a particular type of training?

I feel like I have a good connection with dogs that tend to have a more difficult time in life. My largest goal in life is to run a rescue/rehab center. I would love to continue my career working with the more difficult breeds and can really see myself doing well with aggressive dogs.

  • What has your experience been like in the ABC Dog Obedience Program?

I have really enjoyed my whole experience with Animal Behavior College from the knowledge in the book material to the staff that has really helped to keep me on track as much as possible, understanding life tends to get in the way, to the great Mentor Trainer they found for me. I would fully recommend ABC to anyone considering getting their dog training certification.

  • Which dog breed best describes you and why?

I am like a Border Collie. I will work myself crazy to be sure everyone is happy. I don’t think I could have done this program without any of the people I have worked with in the past year. They have really made this much easier on me than it could have been.

 

October 2014 – ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – USA

ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – USA – October 2014

Chelsi Woolwine

Dog Obedience Training Student of the Month is Chelsi Woolwine

Recent ABC graduate, Chelsi Woolwine currently lives in Ojai, California. As a child, Chelsi always knew she wanted to work with animals. In her neighborhood one day, there was a little dog running around that no one else could catch. Her neighbors came and asked for her help. As soon as she got down on the ground with a leash and treats, the little dog came running over to her—no one could believe his eyes. Chelsi said that was her “this is what I need to do with my life” moment. She heard about Animal Behavior College’s Dog Obedience Program from the Educational Director at a shelter in Colorado who also attended ABC’s program and told Chelsi to go for it, as it was a great starting point for her career.

  • Are you currently employed in another field? If yes, what do you do?

I’m currently employed at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation working as a Program Assistant. I do get to train with the dogs, but I mostly work with bringing new dogs into our program and getting to follow them throughout their lives.

  • Was dog training your first career choice? If not, what was it?

Dog training was not my first choice as a career. I was set on being a veterinary technician until we had to put my corgi/chow down and it absolutely broke my heart. Becoming a vet tech is still something I would love to do so I can further my career.

  • What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

My most rewarding moment was when it clicked for one of the students in our class. They finally understood how to get their dog to do the specific behavior that my amazing Mentor Trainer, Genie Tuttle, had been working on with them. It’s easier to tell someone else how to teach a behavior since you are seeing it firsthand and can correct it right away.

  • Describe one pet story that touched you the most during your volunteer hours.

During my volunteer hours, there was a dog that stole my heart, Rusty, a six- to seven-year-old Shar Pei that had been at the shelter for more than a year. He was often passed up because he always sat in the back of the kennel and didn’t visit with the people walking by. After working on his walking skills and socializing him, he finally got an amazing home and I see him often around Ojai.

  • What will be the secret to your success in the pet industry as a dog trainer?

The secret of the dog training pet industry is to be a sponge. Take in every opportunity you can and learn as much as possible. You can never have too much knowledge because no two situations are the same.

October – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
October 2014

Krysta Ringler

Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month is Krysta Ringler

Krysta Ringler lives at the Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. She works at Prometric where her full-time title is that of a Test Center Administrator. Her job is to proctor exams, such as the GRE, MCAT and the USA MLE. Although she is currently not working as a groomer, she loves animals and plans on beginning her own mobile business in the next year or two.

  • What prompted you to become a pet groomer? Was there a specific event, circumstance or person who inspired you to pursue this career?

Prior to being introduced to pet grooming, I was a bather. I enjoyed the grooming aspect of the position and got asked, one day, if I wanted to learn how to groom. I fell in love. Grooming sort of fell into my lap and I have loved it ever since. Not long after being offered to be taught how to groom, I got married to a guy in the military and found out they were going to cover my education.

  • What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

The most rewarding moment was when I got the opportunity to groom a very matted Shih Tzu. He was very sweet and needed to be shaved down. Since this dog was so lovable and the owner had intentions on taking it to a shelter, I ended up taking him home and naming him Ollie.

  • What has your experience been like in the ABC Grooming Instruction Program?

I sincerely loved my experience in the Grooming Instruction Program. I liked that the first part of the course work is all background information. This way, I could find out the “why.” I am the kind of learner who needs to know the method and reasoning behind the rules that apply in order to remember and understand what I am doing. I also appreciated the hands-on experience even though I already had previous hands-on knowledge.

  • What grooming skill(s) or technique(s) do you want to master during the next 12 months?

Scissoring is a skill I would like to master during the next 12 months. This is something that I enjoy but would like to perfect with more practice.

  • If you could style a dog or cat after a celebrity, who would it be and why?

While working with a co-worker at my previous place of employment, this very thin, tall and well-dressed woman walked by the shop. Her hair was very long and seemed to be freshly straightened. A male co-worker noticed her and mentioned to me that she resembled an Afghan hound. I found this to be very funny but, in the midst of my laughter, realized that this woman did resemble that particular dog breed. Since this woman was so put together, I would, indeed, style my dog with the intent of it being as neat as she was.

October Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– October 2014

Deanna Zammit

Dog Grooming Program Student of the Month is Deanna Zammit

Deanna Zammit lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where she works full-time for Philips Lighting. She has always wanted to work with animals. Before starting her grooming course at ABC, she had considered becoming either a veterinarian technician or assistant, but could not dedicate the time required to do so. Once Deanna decided on becoming a groomer, she was thrilled she did not need to quit her job nor relocate thanks to the flexibility of ABC’s program, which enables students to work around their schedules. At this time, Deanna is attempting to make the transition from her full-time job in the lighting industry to the grooming field.

  • What has your experience been like in the ABC Grooming Instruction Program?

I have had a very good experience and am able to do things on my own time. I was able to complete the material fairly quickly, which was very convenient and self-explanatory. My externship was awesome. I was placed in a salon with a great mentor.

  • What one thing stands out for you in terms of knowledge and/or skills acquired from the program?

One thing that stood out for me in terms of knowledge was the opportunity to groom a dog from start to finish with direct supervision. I was able to receive constructive criticism that allowed me to learn and absorb the new information I received.

  • What grooming skill(s) or technique(s) do you want to master during the next 12 months?

Scissoring the face is a technique that is very intimidating at first and I would like to master that during the next 12 months.

  • What are your future career plans?

I would like to quit my full-time job and go full-time into grooming or dog sitting in the very near future. I am in the process of looking for a route in which I can make my dream come true.

  • If you could style a dog or cat after a celebrity, who would it be and why?

If I could style my dog or cat after any celebrity, I would probably style it with Jennifer Aniston in mind as she has great, long and flowing hair.

September 2014 – ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – USA

ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – USA – September 2014

Zackary Morgan

Zackary Morgan is Student of the Month

As a child, Zack Morgan was always interested in how animals behave and learn. He was particularly drawn to the ocean and marine animals. This interest continued into his adult life, and in college Zack majored in biology with an emphasis on marine studies. During this time, he also began working part time at the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue in Reinholds, Pa. It is there that Zack really developed a bond with dogs and realized dog training might be the fulfilling and rewarding career he was looking for. Zack’s manager at the rescue is a current ABC Mentor Trainer and encouraged Zack to become a certified dog trainer through ABC. He signed up for the Dog Obedience Program shortly thereafter and has done wonderfully so far. Zack is currently finishing up his externship and is on track to graduate with honors. Continue reading

September 2014 Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month

ABC
Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
September 2014

Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards is Student of the Month

Before Andrew Richards decided he wanted to be a dog trainer, he worked in the construction industry. After being laid off, he had some time on his hands and decided to really think about what he truly wanted to do as a career. While contemplating what he would do next in life, he looked down at his dogs and decided then and there that he wanted to work with dogs. In Andrew’s own words, “It’s all about what will make a happy life and, for me, that’s dogs.” After deciding to do something in the animal industry, he began researching online and found Animal Behavior College. He enrolled in the Dog Obedience Program shortly thereafter and is now on track to graduate in the next few months. Continue reading

September – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
September 2014

Erica Rajski

Erica Rajski is the Grooming Instruction Program's Student of the Month

Erica Rajski lives with her family in La Porte, Ind. She is currently completing her externship with Sue’s Small Stuff Dog Grooming in Mishawaka, Ind. where she has been grooming with Sue and her staff since April 2014. Despite the 45-mile drive and her busy full-time job and schedule, Erica is putting in hard work every Saturday at Sue’s and loves every minute of it. Continue reading

September Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– September 2014

Carolyn Chabot

Carolyn Chabot is Student of the Month

Carolyn Chabot, or Carrie as she likes to go by, lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She just completed her externship for the Animal Behavior College Grooming Program at Hollywoof Grooming Parlor. The owner of Hollywoof Grooming Parlor, Mavis, loved having Carrie in the salon and even offered her a part-time grooming position there, which Carrie eagerly accepted. Continue reading

August – Veterinary Assistant Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Veterinary Assistant Program
Student of the Month
August 2014

Sinead McMahon Stuessy

Veterinary Assistance Program Student of the month - August 2014 - 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.

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