Daniel Zormeier earned his bachelor’s degree in Equine Science. After graduation, he says he felt like he was still missing valuable clinical skills. When he moved to Tucson, Ariz., he decided to enroll in Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technician program. What he learned in his program helped set him on a successful career path. Here’s his story.
“I received my bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Equine Science in 2015. After I moved to Tucson, I decided to pursue the veterinary field. Although I had the physiology knowledge from my degree, I didn’t have the technical skills I needed to work in the veterinary field.
I began looking for a Veterinary Technician program and researched several options before meeting with the program director at Pima Medical Institute. She answered my questions and I left feeling confident in her knowledge. The program was fast-paced, accelerated and I loved the hands on philosophy. Interestingly, once I started the program, I found it to actually be harder than my bachelor’s degree had been. The pace was intense, we had to learn the material in a short amount of time and we only had two attempts at our skills competencies. It was stressful at the time, but I’m thankful for the strict requirements and I graduated feeling totally prepared.
I enjoyed my clinical experiences and found the hands-on practice to be very beneficial. At one of my sites, I got to know the owner, an equine veterinarian, who did me a favor and made a phone call to Littleton Equine Medical Center in Colorado. I interviewed there and was soon offered a position. I spent the first five months working as a field technician and currently I work in their ICU Unit. It is super-fast paced and stressful but I really enjoy my job!
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