How Adopting a Cat and Taking Him to the Vet Got One Student a Job

Published on December 16, 2014 by arothstein

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Little Brother, right, with his pal Monster Cat

Priscilla Morales, a veterinary technology student at Broadview University-Boise, acquired her job at Caldwell Veterinary Hospital without submitting a resume or cover letter. Instead, it was her urinalysis report from her kitten’s urine and fecal samples that landed her the job.

“I adopted a shelter kitten named Little Brother who was eight weeks old,” said Priscilla. “He was good for the first couple of days, but on the third or fourth day, he stopped using the litter box, which is abnormal for a kitten.”

Priscilla asked Casey Blizzard, a vet tech instructor in her hematology class, about the cause of Little Brother’s behavior. Casey suggested that Priscilla bring in Little Brother’s urine and stool samples. They did a urinalysis from the samples, and it showed crystals in the urine.

“I could not diagnose it,” said Casey, “but from the sample, I saw a bacterial infection. I told Priscilla to take it to the vet.”

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Priscilla Morales, a vet tech student at Broadview University-Boise

Priscilla took Casey’s suggestion. “After filling out paperwork for the urinalysis, I called the vet and asked if I could bring in the tests. They said that the vet could look at the results and prescribe something without having to do the test again but that the vet still needed to see the kitten. The vet looked at the test results. Everything on the form was there and filled out correctly so he prescribed medicine.”

Little Brother got his medication and within two days of taking it, started using his litter box. That evening, though, Priscilla received a phone call from the owner of the hospital who asked if she would be interested in a job.

“He said he had heard that I was in school and brought in a urine sample, and the vets and vet techs liked me and were impressed with detail of urinalysis, so he offered me a position that would work around my school,” said Priscilla.

Priscilla now works twenty-five hours a week at Caldwell Veterinary Hospital. “It was shocking to get a job from someone who I didn’t know and didn’t have my resume. I really lucked out. It was awesome to get offered a job without applying because it doesn’t happen very often.”

The happenstance prompted Priscilla to give this advice to students: “Don’t be afraid to show the knowledge that you have. Sometimes showing your potential employer what you know could land you a job!”

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