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.
- What knowledge and experiences have you gained from becoming an ABC certified vet assistant?
I learned so much at Best Friends. I prepared patients for surgery, assisted in surgery, wrapped surgical packs and also helped with post-op duties. I also helped with X-rays, ran laboratory tests, fed through feeding tubes and gave injections. I did as much as I could–and wanted to do more. All my training at ABC came together when I was there.
- Describe a humorous moment that you witnessed or took part in while working at a veterinary hospital.
We neutered and spayed 32 feral cats in one day, and put them back in their cages for the night. We all left at 5:00 p.m. The next morning, one cage was empty. We had an escape artist on our hands. We looked everywhere and finally found him.
- What has been your most rewarding moment as a vet assistant?
I was privileged to meet Lucas, Michael Vick’s top fighting pit bull. Best Friends rescued him, and he was brought to his new home. He may still have a lot of scars on his face, but he is a sweet, loving dog. It just shows how forgiving and resilient dogs can be.
- What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?
Best Friends Animal Rescue really inspired me to pursue this career. I volunteered there in 2010 and 2011. Before enrolling in Animal Behavior College, I was not able to volunteer on the clinic side of the rescue. I was lucky enough to do my externship at the Best Friends hospital in 2012.
- What skills do you want to master over the next 12 months?
I am currently enrolled in a 2-year college to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. I loved the work so much; I want to learn all I can. I look forward to being able to do more in-depth procedures as a technician.