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.
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.
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 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.