Jenelle’s Club Vet Story

I was shadowing here at Oakview when I was asked if I would be interested in a position as a kennel attendant. Even though my heart started beating out of my chest, I contained my excitement as I replied with “Yes! I would love that!” It was always a dream of mine to work at a veterinary clinic, and that dream came true just like that. I am a Pre-Vet student at UW-Stevens Point, and I know that this experience will help set me apart from others in those pesky vet school applications.

Even though I was ecstatic that I was given this opportunity, I knew that this position came with a very large amount of responsibility. I am responsible for the care of clients’ pets when they are away; they are trusting me with their beloved family members. With pets of my own, I know what it is like leaving the care of my pets in the hands of others when I have to be away. I want people to know that I take care of their pets the way I would want people to do with mine. I give them endless love and attention, and I receive lots in return.

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A boarder enjoying a frozen kong

Being a kennel attendant comes with some challenges such as picking up waste, cleaning, and never-ending amounts of laundry. But, the positives well out-weigh the negatives. I can come to work at the clinic after an already lengthy and stressful day of classes and working at my animal management position and relieve some stress. I know that may sound crazy but being around all these pets that want nothing but to give me love is well worth the long days. I will use this experience to help me achieve my future career goals as a veterinarian and just go on to live another dream.

by Jenelle Anderson

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Jenelle joined the team in August, 2018. She is a pre-vet student at UWSP.
She was born in Hillsboro, WI but raised in LaFarge. She enjoys hunting and fishing and time outside.
She has previously worked as a zoo keeper. Her fur baby is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named “Riley.”

Dana’s Club Vet Story

I am currently a student at Northcentral Technical College studying Veterinary Science. I
wanted to become a kennel attendant to gain experience from interacting with dogs and cats. I pursued this job because I wanted to experience the compassion that I’ve see when others work with animals. This will help me build my skills while enjoying what I love most … animals. It is interesting to watch all the different behaviors of dogs and cats.

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Gracie and Jingle Bell getting together for a picture before playtime:) They love to give kisses!

As a kennel attendant we want to decrease stress and make them feel more at home. I love when a dog has the uttermost joy when coming in. It makes my day when they are so happy to see us. My goals would be to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. My favorite thing I love about kennels is the play time! To be with them playing really gets our exercise for the day. Seeing their faces light up when you have a ball just makes my day. Some will play and some will lounge in the sun the whole time either begging for treats or asking for you to come give them attention.

written by Dana Altmann

Dana - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WI

Dana joined us in 2018. She was born and raised in Junction City. She is a student at Northcentral Technical College studying veterinary science. In her spare time, Dana enjoys showing dairy cattle, horseback riding, hunting, and snowmobiling.

 

Megan’s Club Vet Story

FECES, URINE, VOMIT, oh my! This is something that most people can’t fathom dealing with most of the day, but not me. My name is Megan and I have been at Oakview for a little over a year. I graduated from college in 2017 as a veterinary assistant from Animal Behavior College.

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Megan, her fiance, and their awesome dog Stanley

I started off in kennels and shortly after got offered a veterinary assistant position at Oakview but politely refused. For most  people working kennels, their dream is an assistant job! So, why didn’t I take it? Working in kennels is the by far the best job I have ever had! Working with the animals everyday was a dream of mine ever since I was little. Teachers would always ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Every answer that came out of my mouth would be working with animals at a veterinary facility. I love being able to build a bond with the boarders that come through this clinic on a regular basis along with meeting the new first time boarders. Building a relationship with each animal is so important. Every time the animals see you coming, they get so excited; some even smile, and that is something that will never get old. I also love building relationships with our clients; that is something that you can never replace.

Most people think that working in kennels means that you get to play with puppies and kitties all day, but it is so much more than just that. Cleaning, picking up feces, urine, and vomit, helping the technicians and doctors, helping with x-rays, and assisting in surgeries are some examples of what I do. You learn so many interesting and useful tips that you can pass on and use to help your own pets.

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Megan assisting Dr Karnitz in surgery

In my position as a Club Vet Kennel Attendant, there are so many opportunities to grow and better yourself. That’s exactly what I’m doing! I have learned so much in such a short amount of time, and I will continue learning and eventually take that offer as an assistant. But for right now, I love what I do and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

written by Megan Pliska

Megan - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WI

Megan has been at Oakview since October of 2017. She graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2017 as a veterinary assistant.
She lives with her fiance and rescue dog, Stanley.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and fur baby. She also loves listening to music and going for long walks.

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