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Alumni Spotlight: Veterinary Assistant Graduate Crystal MacMillan

Posted: April 30, 2021 by Stephanie Lema
Bachelor of Science Health Care Administration graduate in animal clinic smiling with black dog.
Veterinary Assistant graduate, Crystal MacMillan.
 


After Crystal retired from her career at Boeing, she found a new calling in animal healthcare and graduated from the Veterinary Assistant certificate program at our Seattle campus.
 
She thought she was too old to return to school, but found the support from her advisor and program instructor was exactly what helped her persevere. Her story is below.
 
“I worked at Boeing for 30 years before I accepted a voluntary retirement.  I realized then that I was only 57-years old and needed to do something with the rest of my life! Animals have always been a passion of mine, and I had two dogs that had congestive heart failure and kidney disease. Because of that, I had spent a lot of time in the veterinarian's office, and it made me wonder if it was too late to obtain a new career in the veterinary field.
 
I thought I might be too old to go back to school, but I went in to Pima Medical Institute one day, talked to an advisor, and decided to sign up for their Veterinary Assistant program. During the first few weeks of the program, I had serious thoughts about quitting. I hadn't done math in years, and it was tough! I talked with my instructor, and she encouraged me to hang in there and reminded me that the fun stuff was coming. I persevered and studied every single day. I worried before each test, but I was so proud of myself when I did well on them! It was a whole new chapter in my life and a definite lifestyle change, but I have no regrets.
 
I am now working at Banfield Pet Hospital and am really enjoying my job. I encourage anyone who thinks they are too old to go back to school to go for it! You won't regret it!”
 
Is it time for a new career? It’s never too late to make a change. Learn more about how you can start your career in animal healthcare with a Veterinary Assistant certificate from Pima Medical.
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