Veterinary Assistant Program
ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month
Charlene Dodson, a western riding instructor who lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., has a passion for animals. She was raised with all sorts of pets and is comfortable working with them. All those years of caring for her own animals inspired Charlene to pursue a career working with them. As her life revolves around her horses, Charlene said she would eventually like to primarily work with large animals. Continue reading
ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month– August 2013
Georgianna Traney lives in Langhorne, Pa., and is the proud “mom” of a 12-year-old short-haired domestic kitty named Simba. She completed her externship at Flowers Mill Veterinary Hospital, which is also in Langhorne. During her spare time, Georgianna loves to volunteer at her local non-kill shelter, where she helps cats and dogs find a forever homes. She is currently pursuing a full-time career since completing her ABC certification. Georgianna is seriously considering continuing her education to become a veterinary technician. Continue reading
Animal Behavior College Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – July 2013
Archie Pate Jr.
Archie Pate Jr. was always very passionate about working with pets and having a career in the animal care industry. He currently has several pets, including a 7-ft. long black dragon water monitor, an 80-lb. sulcata tortoise, and an 8-year old, female, green anaconda. He achieved his goal when he was hired on at his externship site, VCA California Oaks Veterinary Hospital in Murrieta, CA and plans on eventually becoming a licensed veterinary technician. Continue reading
Animal Behavior College Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – June 2013
Shennandoah Hardesty (she goes by Lizzi) is a very enthusiastic and passionate student who shows great potential in the animal care field. Currently in her externship at Pebble Creek Animal and Bird Hospital, Lizzi was so eager, knowledgeable and dedicated, that she was hired by the hospital during her externship. Lizzi resides in Tampa, Fla., and also bartends on the side. Becoming a veterinary assistant wasn’t her first career choice. Lizzi wanted to be a medical examiner but soon realized she was more passionate about working with animals in a veterinary clinic setting. She grew up with animals and always knew she wanted to work with them to some extent, but wasn’t sure if this was going to be a viable career for her . This changed when Lizzi enrolled in the ABC program. Now employed as a veterinary assistant, she continues to learn about the many different aspects of the veterinary field. Ever curious, Lizzie wants to further her education and one day work with monkeys. She is amazed by the intelligence of these creatures and what they can accomplish. Lizzi’s passion for animals is apparent in her clinic work and schooling at Animal Behavior College. Continue reading
ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – April 2013
Mary Baloga was raised and still resides in Rochester, N.Y. She is completing her veterinary assistance program externship at Veterinary Specialists & Animal Emergency Services. Mary is a dedicated student who has a strong passion for helping animals. It was not always this way: Mary first pursued an education theater, which was her first passion. After finishing school, when Mary had some down time, she found something rather exciting: Animal Planet. From shows such as “Dogs 101,” “Cats 101” and “Animal Cops Houston,” she discovered that not only was she extremely interested in the field of veterinary medicine but also in the wellbeing of animals. She also discovered it could be a possible career choice and joined Animal Behavior College’s Veterinary Assistance Program.
- When and how did you know you’d be a successful veterinary assistant?
On my first day of my externship, there was a Doberman named “Bogey,” who was diagnosed with “bloat.” I took part in his treatment from start to finish. He was rushed into surgery and at that point I was surprised by not only how fascinated I was by the surgery itself but also that I understood—thanks to my studies—everything that was going on. The respiratory rate, blood pressure, monitoring of the anesthetic, it was crazy to me that I actually comprehended it. After the surgery, I sat with Bogey while he was recovering, petting and loving him. Sadly, in the end he did not wake up. The fact that I was able to handle this situation and seeing the care and concern that the staff showed for the patient and his owners just touched me, I knew I could do this and that I wanted to do this”.
- What has been your most rewarding moment as a vet assistant?
The most rewarding moment for me was with a dachshund named “Niki” She was recovering from back surgery and you could just tell that Niki was sad and depressed. When we brought her into the exam room to return her to her owners, I saw a totally different dog as she brightened up. Her owners told us that Niki was their child and just seeing them reunite after such a difficult recovery was so heartwarming and eye-opening.
- What was the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge for me was trying to find the balance between working with small versus bigger animals and the feeling that I was going to hurt the former. One of the technicians, Lisa, guided me and helped me learn the proper way to help. She also assured me that less is more and pointed out the specific areas to focus the restraint on so has not to hurt the animal.
- What knowledge and experiences have you gained as an ABC certified vet assistant?
I gained a lot of experience with individual treatments per animal; for example, I got to work with a large stray dog who was injured. Learning how to help an animal who doesn’t want to be helped and was terrified of people was a great learning experience. Seeing so many dachshunds come in for back surgery was also eye-opening. In addition, I gained a lot of respect for X-ray technicians. It really is a delicate art and it fascinates me how precise they are with their images, while also keeping the comfort of the animal in mind.
- What are your plans for the future?
I am definitely going to pursue a job as a veterinary assistant, then possibly branch off into another animal-related position. For now, I would like to get settled into a private practice to become familiar with the doctor and staff. I would especially like to establish better one-on-one relationships with the regular clients and patients. This is something you do not get in an emergency facility since there are so many different people and pets in and out all the time.
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. Continue reading
ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – March 2013
Doreen Hull lives in Hubbard, Ohio, with her five cats and five dogs. A flight attendant for the past 27 years, her first passion was working with animals; however, when she graduated from high school, there were as yet no online education programs. Upon discovering Animal Behavior College, Doreen knew it would be a perfect fit for her busy lifestyle. She was able to volunteer for her externship at Best Friends Animal Rescue, which was a lifelong dream. Continue reading
ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – 2013
Because she loves to see animals healthy and happy, Pamela Taylor always wanted to work in the veterinary field. She started her externship at the Pet Emergency Clinic in Ventura, Calif., and was offered a full time position shortly afterward. Pamela plans to become a registered veterinary technician, and also hopes to start working with exotic animals. Continue reading
ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – January 2013
Ana Avolio, born in Romania and raised in Lyndhurst, Ohio, has always had a passion for animals. She has cared for a variety of pets throughout her life and is so dedicated to them that she once made a giant cage to give her birds more room to fly. Ana loves the feeling she gets when returning a once-sick animal back to its family, happy and healthy. After graduating the ABC Veterinary Assistant Program, Ana was hired by her externship location, Laurel Springs Animal Hospital. Continue reading