The journey started in March 2006. Newly divorced, looking around for a way to support myself, I stumbled on Veterinary Nursing, shadowed Mika for a day at Santa Clara Pet Hospital and fell in love with a whole profession. Highlights of the journey --
April 10, 2006 -- Intro to Vet Tech course began. Also began the collection of transcripts and documentation necessary for applying to Foothill College's Vet Tech program.
August 13, 2006 -- First "Peninsula Fix Our Ferals" (PFOF) clinic. I drew up medications into syringes and learned how to give sub-cutaneous injections into real, living, cats! OK, so they were anesthetized at the time, but ... still ... !
Fall Quarter 2006, began my "remedial" Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry classes because it had been too long since I had taken them in college. I also got to take my first "real" VT class -- Medical Terminology. Whee!
Winter Quarter 2006, more A&P and a VT Medical Maths class. I can do this!
Spring Quarter 2007, last A&P class along with a VT Large Animal Medicine class and ... quelle horreur ... Microbiology four nights a week! June 2006 arrived and survival with it. In July, the precious acceptance letter.
Fall Quarter 2007 and REAL VT courses. September 27, 2007 was my first (of hundreds!) Animal Care shift.
April 2008, internship began at Banfield Pet Hospital
June 2008, right after final exams, my first convention: Pacific Veterinary Conference, exposure to best practices and latest ideas and vendors galore.
September 26, 2008, along with co-Lab Mom Melinda, oriented a new class of Firsties.
February 2009, second big convention, Western Veterinary Conference, in Las Vegas, baby!
June 2009, VTNE(Veterinary Technician National Exam) and then graduation with my whole family at hand.
October 27, 2009, CARVT (California Registered Veterinary Technician) exam.
Today in the mail, the official certificate that my hospital has to post, right next to the doctors' licenses!