I have wanted to be a veterinarian since before Kindergarten. The only pets I have ever had are fish (which I don’t actually consider to be pets), but I have always loved to play with and take care of the animals of family and friends. In grade 8, I started volunteering at the Lloydminster Animal Hospital. I saw many cool surgeries and procedures, tons of blood collections, and even more nail trims and anal gland expressions. I was a bona fide pooper scooper, and I absolutely loved it. After nearly three and half years of volunteering, I was hired as a Kennel Assistant. I would work on some afternoons and school holidays, and I worked full-time during the summer of 2015. I have had so many awesome experiences and seen some really interesting cases, and I can’t wait to study veterinary medicine. I am more than grateful for the knowledge and experience that I have gained from everyone at the Animal Hospital after nearly six years of volunteering and working.
One of my favorite photos ever: quadruplet calves. 🙂
Newt the clinic cat
Cleaning the calf scour shed…
Dr. Heaver bandaged my finger when I cut it on a bucket.
My first paycheque!
This huge fat lump came off of a dog.
Murphy is a very happy fellow.
I completed my first year of university at Lakeland College, fulfilling some of the requirements for an Animal Bioscience degree. Before you can apply for veterinary medicine, you first have to complete at least two pre-vet years. I attended the University of Saskatchewan for my second year, and I was able to get an interview spot, even though I didn’t get a spot in the program. I was really close though – I ended up being 24th, just 4 spots away from getting in!
This little guy was rolling around in the barn while Taryn was looking at a horse.
These kittens remind me of Toothless!
These 15-hour-old puppies were in to get their dew claws removed and have their tails docked.
Bob went crazy for his Knotty Knot.
Welcome to the world!
These cats made quite the chorus.
Michelle told me they were updating the website with pictures of everyone, but they were actually making a Facebook post to congratulate me on my graduation. Glamorously scrubbing the chute…
Scrubs are so comfy!
Newt finds some crazy sleeping positions…
Thanks once again for the scholarship!
Watching surgery is awesome!
Michelle amputated a calf’s leg!
Newt loves to brush herself.
Puppies are fun until they claw your arms…
Taryn and Daryl wired this cat’s jaw back together.
Joanne got this awesome stress ball.
Gus Gus is insanely cute!
This is his favorite hiding place.
My Marie scrub top is adorable!
I helped Taryn suture the uterus that this calf came out of!
Widget is Joanne’s adorable puppy!
This little porker could sure squeal.
Newt the granny cat.
Five of us were wearing pink pants, entirely unplanned.
Newt loves to annoy us by climbing onto the lab equipment…
This big fellow had a face full of porcupine quills.
Root earned the cone of shame.
These two Boston Terrier puppies got their tails docked and their dew claws removed. Very cute!
This baby jack rabbit was brought in because crows were pecking at him. He was so scared!
Newt has been a source of happiness for me through the almost 6 years that I have been volunteering and working at the Animal Hospital. Today was my last day and it was quite hard to say goodbye to my favorite granny cat. Thanks to everyone there for teaching me so much and being so awesome. I’ll miss you all!
So after all of this (the Animal Hospital, Lakeland College, moving to Saskatoon to continue my schooling, and applying for the first time), I worked for the summer at the College of Agriculture as a leader of the AgBio Discovery Program before starting my third year of Animal Bioscience. The AgBio job was a summer filled with talk of agriculture, and I loved giving tours of the dairy barn. We raised pigs and chickens with the campers in July and August, which was such a great experience! During my animal nutrition class, we ran a digestibility trial, and I got to hang out with nine adorable calves for a month. I learned a lot about animal husbandry from these experiences, and my third year classes have really broadened the scope of my knowledge that I know will help me in the future.
Saw some newborn calves at the dairy barn and they are beyond adorable.
Our camp leader shirts came in.
Got to meet the little piglets that we’ll be having for the summer camps. They are so incredibly cute!
Our chickens arrived! This Barred Plymouth Rock is my favorite hen.
Met a bunch of freshly hatched little chicks!
Took individual pictures of Bobby and the gals to hang up posters in their pen.
I missed visiting the gals at the dairy barn.
Our new little sausages arrived. I forgot how cute and small they are!
Some of the eggs we collected from our chickens are now hatching and there are some adorably colored chicks!
17 adorable chicks were waiting for me in the incubator this morning!
More adorable chicks!
These crazy nuts were trying to peck their way out of their pen…
Stuck my hand into a cow’s rumen again during my last tour of the summer.
One last picture of Henrietta on my last day of work.
Met the cuties that will be used for my group’s nutrition project.
Midnight fecal sampling at the barn, but this cutie makes it okay.
Living the ag life. At the barn for 6:30.
This is Kraken, the cutest barn cat around.
“Five more minutes.”
The beef calves in their new indoor home.
Dory was my favourite calf in my nutrition project.
I had a second interview, and it went really well! After waiting for a month to find out if I got a spot, I received the good news that I made it. I am going to be vet. I repeat, I AM GOING TO BE A VET! I am beyond thrilled to take this next step at the WCVM and see where my life takes me once I’m a doctor in four years. So exciting!