ABC Veterinary Assistant Program
Student of the Month
Seidie Martinez lives in Richmond, Texas, and was recently hired at the animal hospital where she completed her externship. Seidie has seven pets; she has four cats, a Chihuahua and two ferrets. Growing up, Seidie always knew she wanted a career in which she could improve the lives of animals. Originally, Seidie wanted to be an animal control officer. Later on, she realized that although she still wanted to help animals in need, she wanted to do so as a veterinary assistant.
Describe a humorous moment you witnessed or took part in while working at your externship location.
We did a neuter on a cat. When the kitten woke up from the anesthesia, he was first lying on his side. When he tried to get up, he would clumsily go in circles, and then he would fall back down. He started to do circles again and again. It was the funniest and cutest thing I’ve ever seen a cat do.
What has your experience been like in the ABC Veterinary Assistant Program?
I liked the program. It taught me a lot. When I did my externship, it showed me how to apply my skills hands-on. I also met new people and their awesome pets.
What skills do you want to master during the next 12 months?
I want to keep working in the veterinary field. I also want to learn how to be a dog trainer, a groomer and also a radiologist.
If you could work with any exotic animal, what would it be and why?
I would love to be able to work with a panda. This is because they are so cute and I love their personalities. I would be the happiest girl in the world.
What was the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was to hold down a dog that needed X-rays and he didn’t want to stay still. However, after some practice I got the hang of holding not only dogs, but also all animals [during] X-rays.