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Alumni Spotlight: Veterinary Assistant Graduate Dawn Hyder

Posted: March 5, 2021 by Stephanie Lema
Veterinary Assistant certificate graduate smiling.
Veterinary Assistant certificate graduate, Dawn Hyder.
 


Dawn was a mom of two children when she decided to return to school. At that time, educational opportunities were limited, but she found Pima Medical’s Veterinary Assistant certificate program and took the first step in her veterinary education. It’s been 26 years since Dawn graduated from our Albuquerque campus and started a veterinary career that has lasted a lifetime.
 
Check out her story below.
 
“I graduated from Pima Medical Institute's Veterinary Assistant program all the way back in 1993.
 
I have always had a love for animals. I grew up with the Flying U and Sierra Rodeo caravans, so I was no stranger to livestock. I had been living on the reservation - Jemez Pueblo, NM - and had become a parent at a young age. After graduating from New Futures High School for pregnant and parenting students, I knew I wanted more. But, educational opportunities were limited because I had two small children and had to stay close to home.
 
Veterinary Assistant certificate graduate helping an animal. As a Veterinary Assistant, Dawn helps care for an injured animal.
Someone suggested I look into Pima Medical Institute and I immediately enrolled in their Veterinary Assistant program. My classes were very small and I learned so much. I was very lucky that a tribal member from the Pueblo of Jemez was a veterinarian, Dr. Ray Loretto, and I was able to complete my externship at the Loretto Veterinary Clinic. I learned so much, especially about livestock medicine. When I finished my externship and graduated from Pima Medical, Dr. Loretto offered me a fulltime position as a Veterinary Assistant.
 
I have been there ever since - to be exact, 26 years! Who would have thought a nine-month program would give me a lifetime career. I would certainly recommend Pima Medical to others. In fact, my oldest daughter is a 2009 graduate of Pima Medical Institute.”
 
At Pima Medical Institute, you can begin your career in as little as nine months, just like Dawn did 26 years ago. With hybrid learning environments and hands-on experience in clinical settings, you will graduate prepared for your new health care career. Learn more about the Veterinary Assistant program now.
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