McKenzie “Mickey” Tureman has had a love of animals since she was a child. Now, that love has turned into a passion and a rewarding career as a veterinary technician. Hear how two snakes held the key to her accomplishments.
“When I received straight A’s while growing up my parents would often reward me with a gift. One day I asked for two snakes for my reward and that’s when my love of animals began. I just didn’t see myself going to a university after high school, so I decided to lean on my love of animals and enrolled in the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). During my junior/senior years, I completed the Veterinary Assistant (VA) program.
I learned so much about animal care and just loved my EVIT experience. While at my externship, I realized there were limitations to what I was allowed to do, so I decided to become a Veterinary Technician (VT). Pima Medical Institute partners with EVIT by hosting seminars and having representatives available on campus. Since they had a good reputation and would accept my 30 credits, it was an easy decision and I started the VT program shortly after high school graduation.
The instructors were incredibly creative and flexible in their instruction, especially considering the COVID restraints, and we had plenty of hands-on practice opportunities. One of our requirements was to submit at least three applications to employers. The first resume I sent out was to Trilogy Veterinary Medical Center where I ended up being hired as a Veterinary Technician. I really enjoy my clinic; it’s relatively new and there’s a lot of room for growth.
Pima Medical Institute was one of the hardest things I’ve done to date, but it was a great investment in myself and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am 20 years old and I have a career in a field that I love!