LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is a team organization where each member plays a critical role in patient and client care. One of our favorite things to do is sharing our passion for the profession with others while showcasing our team members’ roles in providing the best patient care! In addition to inviting small groups into our hospital to tour our facility and to learn more about what we do day to day, we also like to get out into the community. One of our favorite community events is Career Day! Each year we visit several local pre-K, elementary and middle schools to teach their students about how we work hard to keep their pets as well as their human family members safe by discussing basic dog and cat husbandry, zoonotic disease prevention and control and what they can do to keep their pets happy and healthy for a very long time.
Dr. Hunter and Katydid have been an integral part of Frisco ISD’s Career Days for the last few years. This year our Licensed Veterinary Technician, Carey Withy, is thrilled to share her specific role in the veterinary profession with Fowler Middle School 8th graders. As a Licensed Veterinary Technician Ms. Withy not only plays a vital role as a patient advocate and care provider but also provides clients education and training for outpatient and at-home care of their four-legged loved ones. This Thursday, November 16th, Fowler Middle School celebrates its 11th Annual Career Day, and Carey is looking forward to sharing with the students how she came to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician and what her job entails on a daily basis.
During her time with LazyPaw, Ms. Withy has worn many hats. As her veterinary knowledge grew and her skills expanded she advanced into more and more challenging job descriptions starting first as a Veterinary Assistant up to her current role as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. While working full time, she completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology and following graduation successfully passed not only her credentialing examination, the Veterinary Technician National Exam, or VTNE, but also the Texas Veterinary Medical State Veterinary Technician Licensing examination.
Ms. Withy is excited to describe the many facets of being a Licensed Veterinary Technician, including schooling and licensing requirements, daily responsibilities, job outlook, and ways that students can get started now if this is a career they think they might like to pursue. Her dog, Tana, will be assisting her presentations so students can get hands-on practice performing a routine, physical examination of a dog, the first and often most important part of any patient’s visit to the veterinarian’s office.