I had the privilege of working at the Capital Humane Society to add value to my veterinary school education. Under the guidance of Dr. Anderson and his staff, I was able to expand my knowledge and gain invaluable animal experiences. I was able to work with the doctor and technicians to prepare animals to become healthy adoption candidates. I was trained how to accurately sterilize surgical instruments and make sure that equipment was decontaminated. I learned how to properly obtain blood samples from multiply sites to test animal’s organ function prior to anesthesia. I assisted Dr. Anderson in many surgeries while learning how to properly use a surgical technique to properly close the surgical field.
Although I enjoyed learning many important procedures, one of my favorite jobs was interacting with the numerous loveable animals that were patiently waiting for their forever home. This internship reminded me that there are many sweet animals at shelters that just need a second chance. As a future veterinarian, I hope to share with people the importance of the Humane Society and about the amazing staff and animals that are there. I also hope to mentor others as I have been mentored, especially knowing through firsthand experience how valuable it can be in setting goals, creating networks of support and expanding learning opportunities.