Sara enjoyed animals from a young age and loved to volunteer at a wildlife rescue. She knew she wanted more than working in a retail job and started the Veterinary Technician program at our Houston campus.
She gained the knowledge of animal healthcare during her program and also experienced the true meaning of teamwork with her fellow classmates. Now a zoo technician, Sara shares her story about working hard to achieve her dreams. Her story is below.
“As a kid I was always bringing animals home and preferred watching nature shows to cartoons. I grew up in a small town and settled for a job working in retail. I began volunteering at Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue and loved it! One day while listening to Pandora I heard about a Veterinary Technician program at Pima Medical Institute and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
During the first part of the Veterinary Technician program I was driving 90 minutes each way to school. It was tough, but it was what I wanted. I loved the program and the knowledge came naturally for me. I was a loner coming into the program and had to learn to work with others. One of the things Pima Medical taught me was a sense of teamwork.
After graduation, I took a position at a clinic in Galveston where the veterinary medical director worked at Moody Gardens, a resort and educational nature facility with an aquarium and rainforest. I have been able to work part time at the resort and I’ve just been offered a full-time position working at Moody Gardens as a zoo and marine technician.
I believe it is important to get out and do the work to achieve your dreams whenever possible. I’m so grateful for Pima Medical. Our instructors cared about us as people and made sure we were successful. Within three years, I’ve gone from a student at Pima Medical, to a small animal clinic, to a zoo technician. I could not be more excited!”
Do you have a passion for animals? The Veterinary Techni cian program may be the right fit for you and your career dreams. With hybrid learning environments and hands-on experience in clinical settings, you will graduate prepared for success in your veterinary technician career. Learn more now.