Broadview University Student, Military Veteran Starts a New Career
Published on December 16, 2014 by jhendricks
Aaron Valentine, a veteran and Broadview University-West Jordan student, recently found a job that fit his veterinary technology program.
We recently spoke with Aaron to learn more about it.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a U.S. Army veteran, with 10 years of service in the Army National Guard and a one-year deployment overseas in 2008-09. I was recently married on Oct. 31 of this year.
I have two cats named Oscar and Jazz. They are both rescues and have been wonderful additions to our home. I like to get out when I can and go fishing and camping. At home I’m usually spending time with my wife or playing Xbox, sometimes both.
Why did you decide to become a vet tech?
I decided to become a vet tech when my wife and I were volunteering at Furburbia in Park City, which is an adoption center for rescued animals. We began volunteering as a way to give back after we adopted my cat Jazz from there.
I had been looking for years for a career path that made sense to me, and to use my college benefits from the Army. So my wife researched and found Broadview University. Once I interviewed with admissions there, everything fell into place.
What’s been your favorite experience at Broadview University so far?
My experience at Broadview so far has been great and I’ve been both challenged and rewarded in almost every class to date.
Getting started was overwhelming at first since I had been out of school for so long. However, once I got past my first quarter, I found my groove and was learning more than I had ever imagined I would. The program is exceptionally challenging and you have to study long hours and work hard.
Where did you hear about the job you applied for?
I was actually approached about the position’s availability from Dr. Teyler [Broadview’s resident DVM]. Once I was hired I started the very next week and have been overwhelmingly happy ever since.
What do you do at Copperview Animal Hospital?
I do a lot more vet tech-related tasks then I had thought I would be able to do: drawing blood, running samples, sending samples to the labs, working with and educating clients, assisting with surgery prep, administering injections and giving medications. Every day is a new experience and I’m always looking forward to new challenges.
What advice would you give to students who want to find a vet tech job?
Start looking early. You never know what you’re going to find.
Being in the vet tech field as a student is also an exceptional learning experience and gives you so much more practice and experience that you don’t always get at school. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to work with clients, which you just don’t get to experience in the classroom.
My other piece of advice is not to overwhelm yourself. Put your studies first and when you feel like you are ready, get out there and find a place that you enjoy. There’s been nothing more rewarding than being able to work in this field and make a difference.
What would you say to people who are interested in being a vet tech?
I would tell them to come in and see some vet tech classes, and if possible, to job shadow beforehand. There’s a lot of things about vet tech that are less than glamorous, and they need to know that. It’s hard work and not easy. But if it’s really for you, then I think you’ll find it’s incredibly rewarding.
If you’re interested in becoming a vet tech, talk to an admissions representative today!