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Vet Tech Graduate Returns to Campus to Offer Advice to Students

Published on February 3, 2014 by Bob Trewartha

What happens to graduates of our veterinary technology program at Broadview University? They come back  to campus as guest speakers!

Stephanie Johnson, a 2009 vet tech program graduate and superstar veterinary technician at the UCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colo., came to speak to Vet Tech Program Chair Jill Bruneau’s Intro to Vet class at Broadview University-West Jordan.

After Stephanie graduated from Utah Career College (now Broadview University), she went on to work in her specialty field of dentistry and anesthesia. She is also continuing her education at St. Petersburg College in Florida, working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She hopes to move back to Utah in the future after she gains her specialties and more experience.

Vet Tech Program Chair Jill Bruneau and 2009 vet tech program alumna, Stephanie Johnson

Vet Tech Program Chair Jill Bruneau and 2009 vet tech program alumna, Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie talked to students about how they could increase their skill set by pursuing specialties in a variety of fields, including anesthesia, dentistry, behavior, equine, emergency critical care, nutrition, general practice, internal medicine or zoo medicine.

She also gave information on the National Association of Veterinarian Technicians in America (NAVTA) and how to get more involved. One of the most interesting part of her presentation was a number of pictures of her and the doctor working on zoo animals, including a large ape, a tiger, monkeys and other exotic animals up at the Hogle Zoo. The students were not only impressed, but inspired to follow in her footsteps.

There was an emphasis on how important lifelong learning is to a successful career.

“Keep learning and always be willing to learn. Be proactive and get involved to be more valuable for any clinic or shelter,” said Stephanie.

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