Licensed Veterinary Technician, Culpeper Animal Hospital, Culpeper, Virginia
“I discovered the field of veterinary technology through a high school veterinary assisting class. In 2006, I took my first job at a small-animal veterinary practice. I was hooked instantly. I loved the fast-paced environment and the hands-on nursing and comfort our team was able to provide to the animals in our care. Working in the field helped to nurture the passion for veterinary medicine that had been there all along.
“After two years on the job, my employer provided me the opportunity to enroll in a veterinary technology program. Choosing a program that was accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) was important to me, and I found this through the Cedar Valley Distance Education Veterinary Technology program (DEVTP). DEVTP is the only AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program available recommended by the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association).
“The program allowed me to continue to work full time, complete course work online, work with my veterinarians to complete the veterinary technician task sheets and videos, and still be able to spend time with my family while earning my degree. I chose to take only two classes each semester. This allowed me to focus my full attention on each class and not get overwhelmed with the course load. It was a long and challenging road, but I earned my Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 2014.
“Thanks to the excellent education provided by Cedar Valley, I successfully passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in March of 2015. The best part of my Dallas College experience was attending the Large Animal Lab during Level 4 of the program. I was also finally able to meet all of the course instructors, some classmates, and tour the Veterinary Technology building. The entire campus was beautiful, but the vet tech building classrooms, lab and surgical suite were most impressive!
“I’m still employed with the same veterinary practice, and the Cedar Valley’s DETVP provided me with a firm foundation to begin my veterinary career. I continue to learn new things each and every day from fellow technicians and our veterinarians. I am surrounded by a fantastic team who shares the same passion for this profession as I do.”
Sarah Peyton earned an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Cedar Valley where she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society recognizing academic achievement of students in two-year colleges. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians (VALVT) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).