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Alumni Spotlight: Veterinary Assistant Graduate Terry Beatty

Posted: August 7, 2020 by Diane Smith
Photo of Seattle Campus Veterinary Assistant Graduate, Terry Beatty.
Seattle Campus Veterinary Assistant Graduate, Terry Beatty.

Terry Beatty is a 1994 graduate of our Seattle Campus Veterinary Assistant program. He grew up around medicine, and after earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology, found that his love of animals was calling. He enrolled in Pima Medical’s Veterinary Assistant program, and the rest as they say is history. Beatty is now a Dr. of Veterinary Medicine. He has hired many Pima Medical graduates and and even utilizes many Pima Medical students for externships. 

Here’s his story.

“I grew up in a medical environment as my dad was a Navy doctor and my mom was a nurse. I ended up getting a bachelor’s degree in biology and after working for a time in construction, decided my love of animals was prompting me to pursue a career in the veterinary field. I heard about Pima Medical Institute and liked the idea that I would get experience in the field through their Veterinary Assistant (VA) program.

I still remember my first day of the VA program when my instructor looked at me and said, ‘You have a degree and are way overqualified for this.’ I explained I wanted to learn the basics of caring for animals and get hands-on experience. It’s been more than 25 years and that instructor and I are still in touch. She always told us, ‘I can teach you how to do a procedure correctly, but it’s more important to teach you the WHY.’ I still emphasize this and repeat it often to my staff. 

While working as a VA, I applied to veterinary schools, but my bachelor’s degree GPA was low and I was rejected from many vet schools. Finally, I was accepted at an offshore school in the Caribbean and later transferred to Kansas State, where I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. I was a Veterinarian at a couple of clinics before owning my own. Over the years, I have hired graduates from Pima Medical and have taken their externs. They still offer a very good program and teach the basics.

My time at Pima Medical was an opportunity and a doorway into the veterinary world. I am a great example that it’s not always about grades. If you have passion and are willing to work hard, you can accomplish your goals. My mom always told me, ‘As long as you are doing something you love, you’ll be happy!’ Down the road, I think I might enjoy returning to Pima Medical … this time as an instructor.“
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