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. What’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 that’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. Each day is different and I’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. I’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.