Program Chair Shares Her Passion for Vet Tech
Published on November 24, 2014 by jhendricks
Broadview University-West Jordan has welcomed a familiar face back to campus. Camille Hendricks will be the new veterinary technology program chair. We sat down with Camille to get to know her.
1. Whatâ€™s your background?
I graduated from Bel-Rea in March of 2005 and moved to Seattle, WA where I focused my career on specialty and emergency medicine. My interests are surgery, anesthesia, dentistry and emergency medicine. I was the lead surgical technician, working with two board-certified surgeons and a neurologist, at The Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle for three years.
I got married in 2012 in Waterford, Ireland. I have two dogs, a 14.5-year-old Pomeranian mix named Bouf and a 1.5-year-old American Bully named Mazzy Rhino.
2. How long have you been with Broadview University?
I moved to Utah in February of 2013 and began working at Broadview University-Orem. After almost a year at the Orem campus, I transferred to the West Jordan campus and continued to be a full-time instructor.
3. What do you like about Broadview University-West Jordan?
Being a part of Broadview is like being a part of another family. Everyone is friendly and willing to help each other; and thatâ€™s how we are with our students. We are available for them for tutoring and mentoring and want all of our students to succeed.
4. Why do you enjoy being a vet tech?
Being a veterinary technician is awesome! I love my job and the animals and clients I get to work with.Â Each day is different and Iâ€™m always learning something new. Some of my favorite patients to take care of are those that are terminally ill. I love how I get to make each remaining day a special one with every treatment. One dog was a 13-year-old Golden Retriever that loved to sit in the sun, but because she was hooked up to so many machines, she was depressed. One day I took her and all of her machines outside on a beautiful sunny day. As soon as the sun was on her face, all was well. The look of gratitude and appreciation she showed me, is the reason I love being a technician. Iâ€™m excited to encourage future veterinary technicians have the same passion for taking care of animals that I do.
5. What can vet techs do with their degrees after they graduate?
You have so many options; not just working in a regular veterinary hospital. Once a student finishes their education, they will go on an externship at a hospital in the area of their choice. This is where the students get to figure out what they really want. You can work in a general practice, emergency hospital, specialty hospital; or work with avian/reptile, exotics/rodents or equine and large animals. Technicians can also work in veterinary pharmaceuticals, research, wild life rescues or even in a zoo. This is a very gratifying career!
6. What can vet tech students do for their careers before they graduate?
I suggest volunteering at shelters or shadowing at an animal hospital. Being a vet tech, we do get to work with the animals a lot, but we also work with their owners. Client communication is a huge aspect of veterinary medicine. Feeling comfortable discussing medical issues and finances with clients is imperative. I would suggest to those in school to take classes that can help improve their writing and speaking skills.