ABC Veterinary Assistant Program
Student of the Month
Harley Haehn lives in Columbus, Pa., where she works at a popular restaurant known for having the best hamburgers and hotdogs in the region. When she is not working at the restaurant, Harley is pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinary assistant. Her long-term plan is to work at a zoo where she can interact with elephants, her favorite gentle giant.
- Was veterinary assisting your first choice for a career?
Veterinary assisting was my first choice. I had trouble choosing what I wanted to do because of all the pressure that is put on you, even before you graduate. It makes it hard to decide when you are being pulled in different directions. So I decided to ignore all of the pressure and choose something that I knew I would love doing, and that is working with animals.
- What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?
My dog Elly inspired me to choose a career working with animals. She means so much to me. Because she is always there for me on the good days and on the bad, I decided I wanted to be able to help her and other pets who love their owners just as much.
- What, so far, was your most rewarding moment as a vet assistant?
There are so many rewarding moments for me as a veterinary assistant it is hard to choose. But I would have to say helping a sick or injured animal to recover really means the most to me. Seeing their owners light up when they find out that their pet is going to be all right is the ultimate reward.
- If you could work with any exotic animal, what would it be and why?
If I could work with an exotic animal I would pick an elephant. They are so smart and are such gentle giants. I have always wanted to work with them, and hope to one day work at a zoo where I could finally get the chance.
- What skills do you want to master during the next 12 months?
A skill I would like to master is identifying organisms accurately under the microscope. It is so interesting and it will help me to be a more efficient veterinary assistant overall.