This October, Ashton Kalkoske, Allison Aitken, and Sierra Fears became Certified Veterinarian Assistants. They had to take on multiple tasks to become Certified Vet Assistants.
“We had to complete a course from Texas A&M (Agricultural and Mechanical) which took all year long while working at a vet clinic obtaining three hundred hours of hands-on experience,” said Aitken. “Once we finished that we had to take a one hundred question test and pass it.”
Kalkoske was an assistant to Doctor Katie Estill at Desert Trails Veterinary Service.
“I worked with all large and small animals and some exotic animals as well,” said Kalkoske.
Becoming a veterinarian has always been a dream of Aitken’s.
“I’ve wanted to be a vet since I was in elementary school,” said Aitken. “My aunt Dr. Dory and grandpa Dr. Zimmerman are both vets and shadowing them has made me realize how much I enjoy working with animals.”
While Kalkoske was an assistant to Doctor Estill, Aitken assisted Doctor Zimmerman and Doctor Dory at Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic.
“I work with large and small animals. They can range from birds to horses,” Aitken said.
Kalkoske’s dedication to becoming a certified veterinarian assistant will help him achieve his goals for his future.
“I want to be a veterinarian and this will get me further into vet school and help me as I enter into school,” said Kalkoske. “My freshman year I was in FFA and I did vet science and it sparked my interest in animals and I've always liked animals; it’s fun for me to do this.”
The hard work and dedication that these three students put into getting a headstart on pursuing their future goals have paid off.
“This is going to help me get into vet school in the future. It gives me an advantage over other students who haven't completed this course,” said Aitken. “I want to become a vet in the future. I am attending the University of Idaho in the fall of 2020 and after I finish pre-vet there I plan on attending Washington State for vet school”.