CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN, ANESTHESIA AND PAIN MANAGEMENT
In three words, how would you describe the UW Veterinary Care team?
Fun, dedicated, and compassionate
What initially brought you to UW Veterinary Care?
In private practice, I developed a strong interest in anesthesia. My practice, at the time, couldn’t provide the amount of anesthesia I wanted to perform. So, I decided to move on from general practice and applied at UWVC specifically because they had an anesthesia department. It was the best decision I ever made for my career.
What do you find most rewarding about being a veterinary technician at the hospital?
The most rewarding thing about being a technician is helping the animals and their people. I don’t work with clients very much, but occasionally you will see a client crying in the hallway, hugging someone that works here because they are thankful for the care they received, and it really brings joy to your heart to know you are part of something special.
What do you enjoy about the culture at UWVC? In what ways is it unique?
I find it unique that we are more like a hospital than a general practice. When I tell people about what I do and where I work they can’t believe there are so many specialties for animals. It is a really cool thing to be a part of.
What kinds of challenges do you face each day and why are they exciting to you?
Every day, either we get to anesthetize a patient, which is challenging in itself, or we get to teach students. I am definitely not a natural teacher, so that has been a challenge for me, but every day I learn better ways to teach by watching my fellow coworkers and it is definitely easier to teach when you love the topic that you get to teach.
What is your proudest/happiest moment during your time at UWVC?
My proudest moment was when I won the Zoe and Lexi Wells Veterinary Medical Technician Award (in 2017). It was such an honor to receive an award for what I do every day. It is truly wonderful to be recognized because I work with so many great technicians.
Do you have any pets at home?
Yes, I have 2 cats and 1 dog. My first pet was Jack. He is a 10-year-old domestic long hair (DLH). He’s large, vocal and very loving. He’s definitely the one in charge at our house. My second pet is Captain. I got him to give Jack a buddy. He is a 9-year-old DLH. He is quite shy but very affectionate, and he and Jack get along very well! We recently got a puppy named Ruger, who we rescued from Fetch WI. He is an 8-month-old pointer. He is definitely the baby of the family, always getting everything he wants. He is the goofy one of the group. All of our pets have brought joy to our hearts – and a little chaos too – but we wouldn’t change it for the world.
This staff focus profile is part one of a five-part series in recognition of National Veterinary Technician Week, October 14-20, 2018. Check vetmed.wisc.edu or the UW Veterinary Care Facebook page throughout the week to meet other certified veterinary technicians from the UWVC team.