In this Alumni Spotlight we caught up with Kylie Shultz, Veterinary Assistant graduate who currently works at Hilltop Animal Hospital in Ebensburg, PA.
What where you doing prior to enrollment? What made you enroll in school?
I graduated from high school in 2012 and then transitioned to directly into the Veterinary Assistant program at Great Lakes.
Where have you worked since you graduated and where do you currently work? What is your title?
I’ve worked in several veterinary offices from Scranton, PA to Bethlehem, WV. I spent several years in State College, PA and am now working at Hilltop Animal Hospital in Ebensburg, PA. My current title is Lead Veterinary Assistant.
What types of things do you do there day to day?
Daily, I perform a series of tasks ranging from assisting in surgeries, performing dental cleanings, venipuncture, x-rays, administrative tasks, and helping the veterinarian in appointments.
What do you like about your Veterinary Assistant career?
I am truly performing the job I’ve dreamed of since I was a child. I’ve been in the field for nine years and I’m still extremely passionate about what I do every day.
What did you like most about attending Great Lakes? How did Great Lakes prepare you for your job?
I enjoyed the Veterinary Assistant program because it was a fast-track program and only focused on relevant coursework. The instructors were very attentive and responsive, which was a great help in the learning process. The program gave me the skills I needed to be immediately effective and successful in the industry.
What are your career goals for the future?
Never stop learning and monitor the industry for advanced certifications and innovative continuing education programs. I would like to step into a management role, while still performing the tasks that I love to do.
What advice can you give current students and new graduates that can help them be successful?
Stick with the program, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and understand that you will be able to apply your knowledge immediately in the field. Be disciplined and allow your passion to come through in each assignment. Always keep the end goal in mind!