I have been working with the Peoria Area Veterinary Group for about two and a half years. I started about a week after I turned sixteen and couldn’t have asked for a better first job. I applied for the position of kennel assistant. I wasn’t really sure what I would be doing at first; the only thing I was sure about was that I wanted to do something with animals. Two and a half years later it has become so much more.
When I was hired at Peoria Area Veterinary Group, I thought that I would only be picking up poop, mopping floors, and doing laundry. I have learned and have been able to do so much more than that. Working for a company that encourages learning, practice, and patience has definitely made the skill building process so much easier. Sometimes when we are extremely overwhelmed I have learned to help with urinalyses, fecal floats, working the blood machine, answering the phones, making appointments, and even just knowing what all the preventatives do. Being a kennel assistant at Dunlap Veterinary Clinic II, I have had the opportunity to interact with some of our best clients and even being on a first name basis with some of them. A lot of such clients have given me the best life advice I could have ever asked for. Times like those are the times that make me love being a kennel assistant.
Kennel assistants may be seen as just the kids that clean in the back, but to me we are so much more than that. I feel that PAVG has given me opportunities outside of the kennel assistant title and has given me the skills to perform well for when I have to leave the group. PAVG is a workplace that is conducive to learning and encourages group dynamic, and again, I couldn’t have asked for a better first job.
by: William Schefelbein