WANT TO KNOW WHY I DO WHAT I DO EVERY DAY? READ THIS……
I have been working with animals all my life. I grew up on a farm outside of West Lafayette, IN. The farm was majority crops but we had sheep for many years and beef cattle as well. And we always had Pepper, the black lab who I loved with all of my heart….and of course barn kitties. As a child I didn’t play with Barbies or change baby doll diapers very often, I could be seen carrying and caring for my stuffed animals. Some of which I still have to this day.
In high school, I worked in a co-op program where I was able to leave school to go work at a veterinary hospital. Once I graduated from LaVille Jr. Sr. High School I was off to Purdue University with dreams of becoming a veterinarian. I completed 2 years of the Pre-Vet program and learned of a career I’d never heard of……a Registered Veterinary Technician. I did my research and talked to many people and guess what??? It was exactly what I had been looking for! I was always apprehensive about veterinary school because I was running out of money and knew that 4 more years of schooling with little or no time for a part-time job would leave me in a mountain of debt. I also knew that having a family was important to me.
I quickly learned that I was really destined to be a Veterinary Technician. I was great at all of the technical duties, drawing blood, placing IV catheters, taking X-rays and mostly patient care. I really enjoyed caring for all the animals, talking to their owners, trying my best to make everyone feel better.
During my schooling I was seeing some pretty awful behaviors from my dog at the time. She was diagnosed with separation anxiety and a host of other issues by the behavior department at Purdue. That dog, Ginger, is what started my journey into behavior medicine. I learned all of the things I was doing that were contributing to her behavior problems. I learned how I could change my behavior to get a better/different reaction from her, I learned that: “When you know better, you do better!”
My passion for animal behavior started with that interaction. If you know me, you’ve likely heard Ginger’s story…….if you don’t yet know me, I’d love to share it with you.
I am here to fulfill my promise to that dog and myself……to make a difference in this world and to show people a better way!
Memberships and Certificates
- MVMA – Michiana Veterinary Medical Association – Secretary
- Fear Free Certified Professional - Level 1 and 2, Puppy and Kitten, and Animal Trainer Certificates www.fearfreepets.com
- SVBT – Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians – member – www.sbvt.org
- The Pet Professional Guild – member – www.petprofessionalguild.com
- Doggone Safe – member – www.doggonesafe.com
- Best Friends Animal Society – recommended trainer – www.bestfriends.org
- 2018 Family Paws – Licensed Presenter www.familypaws.com
- Registered Veterinary Technician at Magrane Pet Medical Center 1999-2017 www.magranepmc.com