ABC Veterinary Assistant Program
Student of the Month
Stacia Orange, a student from Wenatchee, Wash, knew she wanted a career in the animal industry, but was just not sure which one yet. As time went by with her assortment of animals, including dogs, snakes and an iguana, she decided a career in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant was something she wanted to do. Following her externship, she was hired on part time as a veterinary assistant at Cascade Veterinary Clinic. She plans to continue studying and eventually become a veterinary technician.
- What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?
In the beginning, I was unsure of how successful I would be as a veterinary assistant. Therefore, I owe a lot of thanks to my whole family and all my friends. They have given me the support I needed to successfully accomplish part of my goals. They have helped me get to where I am today, and hopefully continue my success to become a veterinary technician.
- What was the biggest challenge you have faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was actually on my first day there. I had to see a dog euthanized. It wasn’t just any dog; it was a Labrador puppy. This broke my heart. All I could do was take a breath and think to myself, the doctor wouldn’t do this unless it’s absolutely necessary.
- Describe a humorous moment you witnessed or took part in while working at a veterinary hospital?
One of my most humorous moments at the clinic was the day another assistant and I had to give a duck a bath. We filled the tub, placed the duck and he started splashing all over. Everyone nearby got wet.
- What has been your most rewarding moment as a vet assistant?
A very rewarding moment for me was the day a Chihuahua puppy was brought in. The owner’s child had squished her by accident. Her temperature was falling and her heart rate was failing. The doctor got her temperature and heart rate to start climbing to a point that he felt confident in leaving her in my care. I monitored her and gently rubbed her for over an hour until she was stabilized at the appropriate TPR (temperature, pulse and respiratory) rate. She was later adopted by the doctor. He has cared for her and she is doing fantastic.
- If you could work with any exotic animal, what would it be and why?
Out of any exotic animal, I’d love to work with snakes. I have owned multiple snakes throughout my life, and I would love the opportunity to learn more about them.