Nikki’s Club Vet Story

I started an internship for school here at Oakview Vet in the spring of 2014. After many school hours spent absorbing information from everyone here, I approached management to let them know if they were hiring I would be interested. It just so happened that a kennel team member was leaving to further their education and a spot was available, so I applied right away. I was hired the day before my birthday, talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

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Nikki performing a dental cleaning during her internship

Through kennels I got to know a lot of the clients here and the pets they love. One of my favorite things was being able to send updates to the owners while pets were with us. I always sent messages from the dog; a response I will never forget was an owner who was surprised that his pet could “text” but struggled with rolling over at home. We really do look forward to responses that owners send us.

I quickly learned the routine in the treatment area, where the technicians and assistants work and was able to spend some of my time restraining animals for vaccines and appointments. I graduated with my Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in May of 2016 and became certified as a Technician in December of 2016.

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Nikki and her dog Finn

I now spend my days leading the kennel team, working as a technician, managing our computer software and working on whatever projects come my way. I am looking into earning a secondary degree in Imaging, but that will be on the horizon for the future. I am thankful I get to come to work each day enjoying what I do, the people and pet’s I meet, and the team I work with.

written by Nikki Getzloff, CVT and Club Vet Lead

Nikki CVT - Oakview Vet Stevens Point Plover WI

 

Nikki started working at Oakview in July of 2014 and we are so very glad she did. She brings a smile to work everyday.
Nikki shares her life with her son, canine friend Finn and her horse Bristol.
Her interests include horseback riding and trap shooting.

Club Vet: Caring For Your Pets While You are Away

You may think working at a veterinary clinic, especially in the boarding kennel, means we play with puppies and kittens all day. However, we often have older, sick pets that need lots of medications, assistance walking, and frequent potty breaks. We comfort worried parents that are hesitant to leave their loved ones. Pets can be nervous or scared, and we have to do everything in our power to make them feel comfortable during their Club Vet vacation. A lot goes into being a great member of our team!

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Kennels - Oakview vet Plover Stevens Point WI

 

Club Vet is the only veterinary supervised boarding facility in our area. This means the services provided are under the supervision of the veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians here at Oakview. The kennel team goes through a significant amount of training to monitor for any medical concerns, as well as monitoring eating, drinking, potty habits and weight.

While our main focus as a kennel attendant is the care of your pets while you are away, we also do a lot of unnoticed jobs around the clinic. We take pride as a team to make sure the clinic is clean and presentable each day, from scrubbing toilets and floors to disinfecting benches and washing windows. We do A LOT of laundry and often times get asked to help with various other tasks in the clinic.

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Endless Laundry!

Many of our Club Vet attendants start out in kennels to work their way into the veterinary fields as assistants, technicians or doctors. Follow us over the next few weeks to be introduced to our kennel team and learn why they love what they do!

Check out Club Vet on our website!

written by Nikki Getzloff

Nikki CVT - Oakview Vet Stevens Point Plover WINikki started working at Oakview in July of 2014 and we are so very glad she did. She brings a smile to work everyday.
Nikki shares her life with her son, canine friend Finn and her horse Bristol.
Her outside interests include horseback riding and trap shooting.

“Rescue Waggin'” is Bringing Dogs Home to Clark County, WI

When you think local, you may not think Clark County Wisconsin, but they have an outstanding No Kill Animal shelter we would like to share with you. In 2017 they found homes for 759 dogs and 213 cats and returned over 100 lost animals to their owners.

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Timber

Timber was one of the many dogs brought into Clark County Humane Society through a program called “Rescue Waggin,” which transports dogs up from southern states to give them a better chance at finding homes. Many are surprised to find that dogs are transported to Wisconsin from the south, but the high overpopulation decreases the chance that a dog can find homes where they are at. CCHS is a firm believer that dogs just want to find a loving, caring home and state lines shouldn’t determine where they find that. Timber was adopted early April by his new owner who states “The application process was easy, the staff wonderful to work with, and the facility was nicer than expected.”

In addition to outstanding adoption statistics, they offer many opportunities for volunteers and current pet owners.  A new program has been introduced to the shelter called “Pet Lovin’ People,” with a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from walking dogs, socializing cats, foster care, upkeep of the facility, fundraising and much more. They also have a “Paws and Claws” adoption center located in the Marshfield Mall, where they sell pet supplies, offer microchips and will often have adoptable animals for you to meet!  Sales generated are used for care of the animals at the facility. In the recent expansion, they have been able to devote a portion of the shelter to their low cost spay and neuter clinic.

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Volunteers on Make a Difference Day

They are also happy to take time to give tours, educate the community about the shelter and what they do to make a difference. The group above took time to volunteer on Make a Difference Day, helping with a cleaning project to help the expansion of the shelter.

For more information, visit their website:

http://www.cchs-petshelter.org/index.html   

by  Nikki Getzloff, CVT

Nikki CVT - Oakview Vet Stevens Point Plover WI

Nikki has been with Oakview since 2014. She is a certified vet tech, our Club Vet lead, and much more! Smart, sassy, and creative, she is a problem solver and a go-getter! She has fostered many dogs and cats. We love her dedication to our community and her winning attitude.

 

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