I have studied veterinary assisting for almost two years and have received two certificates. The classes were a great variety of knowledge and experience. I'm looking to become a veterinary technician in the future.
Friday's Rescue Foundation, Groton, CT, United States
I was a kennel assistant and an adoption event coordinator for Friday's Rescue Organization. Friday's saves dogs and cats that are on death row inside kill shelters in North Carolina. They drive and fly the animals in need to their shelter in CT. Their facility houses roughly one hundred dogs (the number is always changing due to adoption rates).
As an assistant, my duties included: feeding, hydrating, batheing, washing and drying kennels, giving vaccinations, editing and keeping up with the recreation schedule, creating appointments, taking phone calls, reporting medical conditions, opening up and closing down the shelter along with general cleaning and upkeep of the offices and yard space.
As an adoption event coordinator, my duties included: transporting dog(s) across state, meeting with partners (such as Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, Pet Smart, etc.), setting up events, and actively showing dogs in need of adoption. I also took part and weighed in on reviewing the applications and deciding on which adoptee would have the most ideal family and/or home environment for their dogs.
Sandwich Artisan (September 14, 2013 - March 31, 2014)
Subway, Storrs, CT, United States
Working at Subway I was responsible for many tasks. They included, but are not limited to: making sandwiches, baking bread, using a cash register, washing and drying dishes and food equipment, restocking food and merchandise on sale, taking inventory, and sweeping/mopping. I was also in charge of training new employees and closing the store at the end of the evening shift.
Package Handler (January 11, 2010 - October 18, 2012)
Fedex, Willington, CT, United States
Being a package handler, I was responsible for loading and unloading trucks. This involved getting all of the boxes in (or out depending) while scanning each individual package and item so they can be tracked accurately. This is a fast paced job that requires you to be able to lift 60 lbs. on your own and 100+ lbs. if lifting with a coworker. I was also responsible for opening and closing the trucks, which involves putting up or taking down safety belts, rain nets, hazmat labels, and securing the trucks doors and openings.