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.
- Do you do something other than vet assisting, career-wise?
No. I worked at an animal shelter five years ago as a volunteer coordinator. I was also in charge of the adoption events, helped place foster animals and assisted with vaccine clinics. I will soon start assisting with the YMCA horse riding program; I’ll primarily be in charge of the care and maintenance of their horses.
- What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?
I was most inspired by my first pet: a cat that had a litter. Ever since then, I wanted to help animals. This includes helping strays find a good home and nursing sick and injured animals back to health.
- When and how did you know you’d be a successful veterinary assistant?
I knew I’d be successful because I am a responsible pet owner. I treat any animal as if it were my own and give it all the care and attention it needs. My greatest satisfaction is nursing a sick animal back to health.
- What was the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was remembering the order for performing complicated medical procedures. I learned to pay attention, ask questions and assist wherever needed. Now I help in training new veterinary assistants. Continuous practice helps and the veterinarians at my hospital are also very patient in answering assistants’ questions.
- What was/is your most rewarding moment as a vet assistant?
It’s rewarding to see animals go home happy and healthy with their owners. One case that stands out was watching a bulldog have a C-section to birth 10 pups. They all survived and were rejoined with their owner shortly after surgery.