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Love of Animals Leads to Successful Career

Diane Roberts

Do you love being around animals? If so, and you’re unsure about a career, consider the Veterinary Technology program at Cedar Valley College. 

That’s what Diane Roberts did.
“I was 23 when I started the Vet Tech program, and it was a great experience,” she says. “I had no idea that a community college would offer such an in-depth program. Even though I had a lot of experience working with animals in a kennel situation, I began to learn why veterinarians do certain things the way they do. The program really teaches you a lot.
“I also had no idea that there would be so much anatomy and physiology involved. I had taken some community college classes before, and it hadn’t gone so well. But I excelled in this because I really loved what I was doing. The whole program was hard, but it was very rewarding.”
Cedar Valley’s Vet Tech program trains you to work as a veterinary technician.
What it Takes to Be a Vet Tech

“What I love about my job is working with the animals,” she says. “You have to have a lot of patience to do this job well. When interacting with any animal, you have to be calm, able to read body language and understand why animals react a certain way. I have done everything in a clinic situation from assisting with surgeries, to checking clients into rooms, to bathing, grooming, walking and cleaning cages.

“One of the most important things I learned at Cedar Valley was how to communicate with clients. In any veterinary-related job, you won’t just be working with animals; you’ll also be working with their owners. The owners know more about their pet than anyone.

“I have recommended Cedar Valley’s program to a number of people, and I always explain to them that I get to work with animals and I love what I do.”
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