Graduate Makes Good in Vet Tech World
Published on March 26, 2013 by Bob Trewartha
Ever since Andrea Wolfgram was a little girl, she dreamed of helping animals. She was always helping animals and figured she may as well turn it into a career. That passion for helping animals led her to Broadview University’s veterinary technology program.
Andrea soon learned that the program wasn’t easy. Then, early on into the program, she found out she was pregnant. Andrea didn’t let anything stop her from achieving her dream, though. There were setbacks, and trying to complete a degree with an infant and a husband is never easy. However, she finally made it to her externship where she was able to use her skills as a vet tech. At her externship she wowed the supervisors, making it very hard to let her go, but there wasn’t room for another veterinary technician at that time.
Andrea didn’t let that get her down. After graduating, she started the process of job hunting and she found a home at Healing Hearts Animal Hospital where she is now a veterinary technician. We recently caught up with Andrea to see how the working world is treating her.
So, you have been working at Healing Hearts for a few months now. How do you like being a vet tech?
I love being a vet tech, and I am really good at it! This is something I have wanted to do my whole life and now I am doing it. It is really exciting!
What is your favorite thing about working as a vet tech?
My favorite thing would have to be seeing the animals come in sick and then leave healthy and happy. My goal has always been to help animals and see them get better. I like getting to know the patients and their specific cases. When they go home better, that is the best feeling.
What about the worst thing about being a vet tech?
I never like to refuse a patient because their owner can’t pay the bill. I became a vet tech to help the animals that come in, not turn them away. That is why I like working where I do now; they don’t like to turn away animals.
What advice do you have for students who are currently in the veterinary technology program?
My first piece of advice would be to volunteer as much as you can. You can get more comfortable performing procedures by volunteering, and you may see procedures done that you would never see in class. I volunteered a ton while I was in school, and it really helped me be successful.
Also, do not be afraid to show people on the job/at the externship what you know. You might be able to teach them a thing or two, or give them an idea to perform a procedure differently. You are coming out of school with the most up to date information. You could end up saving the clinic money, or even better, helping an animal!
Here at Broadview University-West Jordan, we are proud of Andrea and her accomplishments!