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This Self-Proclaimed Late Bloomer to Education is Thriving in her Veterinary Technician Career

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Joanna Horne’s love of animals steered her toward a career in veterinary sciences. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at our Seattle campus and says Pima Medical’s accelerated program set her up for success in her field.

Here is her story.

“After working at an animal shelter for about 10 years, I realized I wanted to become a Veterinary Technician. I did my research online and found that Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technician program had a good reputation, and their morning classes worked perfectly with my schedule. I was able to be a single mom, go to classes in the morning, and work in the afternoon. I had previous degrees that I did not use, and I’ve always enjoyed learning, but Pima Medical’s program was very accelerated, I learned so much so fast. My instructors were great and gave us good feedback. I realize I was a bit of a late bloomer in deciding to go back to school at age 34, but I am so glad I did.

During my Veterinary Assistant externship, I worked at Veterinary Specialty Center where I got great experience and a job. I was able to work while completing my Veterinary Technician program, and I recently became the internal medicine lead technician. I love my job in internal medicine, and I’m always learning. I am working towards my veterinary technician specialty license and have even spent my vacation time going to Mexico to participate in spay and neuter clinics.

There are probably 20 Pima Medical graduates at my work place. I have to say, it feels good to be surrounded by these graduates because I know they are well trained and knowledgeable. This program really does set you up for success.”

May 27, 2022

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