Q & A with a Dakin Vet Tech

by Lee Chambers

Veterinary Technician Abigayle Hamel is shown shaving a patient's back to care for a wound


Veterinarian technicians (vet techs) are invaluable members of Dakin's medical team.  Find out how they help animals every day in this Q & A with Veterinary Technician Abigayle Hamel.


Q:  What are your duties as a vet tech at Dakin?

Abigayle:  I work alongside other technicians and veterinarians to ensure the highest quality care to the animals. Some days I’m supporting the adoption center staff, foster parents, or treating shelter animals for medical issues.  On other days I work with a veterinarian, helping with sick animals.


Q:  What are the qualities of a good vet tech?

A:  Compassion, patience, resilience and integrity. We need to be compassionate towards both people and animals; patient because it takes time for animals to get better; resilient because our job isn’t easy; and have integrity to do the right thing for our patients no matter how difficult it may be for us.


Q:  What do you find most rewarding about being a vet tech?

A:  Every aspect.  I wake up every morning and go to a job that I love, saving animals. I make a difference in the lives of countless animals and people in our community. I feel like I have a real purpose in life.


Q:  What would you offer as advice for a young person who’s interested in working with animals?

A:  Research the different aspects of veterinary medicine and find something you’re passionate about. If you’re interested in animal shelters, volunteering is a great way to see how they work. When I was in high school, I started volunteering and applying for internships so I could get some firsthand experience and decide if I was really cut out for this type of career.

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