Monthly Archives: August 2015
Precious and Oliver were brought to us over the summer as boarders but due to unusual circumstances, the two cats ended up being the property of Craig Road Animal Hospital.
Our entire staff instantly fell in love with the kitties. Both the domestic shorthairs are not only very sociable, but also the sweetest companions anybody could ask for. Oliver is a male and about two years old. He loves attention and just wants to give affection to anyone who has the pleasure to be around him. He is very mellow, lovable, and the kind of cat that just wants to curl up next to you at anytime, any day of the week.
Precious tends to be a little more playful, which could be because she is only a year old. She is a little more independent but likes to know you’re close by. Precious is your typical curious cat. She likes to explore and take a look around but always returns for a little lovin’. It wasn’t until two weeks into her stay that the staff noticed Precious getting a little more robust. We performed an ultrasound and found out that this little lady was pregnant!
And our staff was delighted! Of course we love babies here, because they’re just so, well, cute. On August 25, 2015, Precious went into labor. This was her first time having babies, and it wasn’t easy for her. Our staff worked with her and were successful in helping Precious give birth to four kittens. Unfortunately, one was a stillborn, and another passed the next day. Precious currently has two very healthy kittens, one boy and one girl.
This mama and her babies are given around the clock care here at Craig Road. Our staff has already grown attached but we know a day will come when we will have to find them all homes. One of our veterinary technicians will be fostering Precious and her babies for the time being. Stay tuned and we will let you know when or if the kittens, mom and Oliver are ready for adoption. To follow their story and see more photos of the family, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram
Ukachi has always had an interest in taking care of animals. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the medical field so she decided to pair her passion and learning into a career in veterinary medicine.
The student joins Craig Road Animal Hospital as a D.V.M. extern all the way from Statesboro, Georgia. She would like to eventually join a small animal practice. She is anticipating to graduate from the University of Georgia in the spring of 2016. While many of her rounds as a student at UGA has given her an interest in dermatology, Ukachi still remains interested in general practice and medicine for dogs and cats. She said that she would love to eventually have her own practice.
Ukachi said that because an animal can’t necessarily speak up, owners should try to bring their pet in for professional care. “It’s important that people know the value of having a physician examine your pet on a regular basis,” she said. “Specifically preventative care as a focus. Detecting things before something happens and talking to a professional can save a lot of animals.”
Ukachi has a Siamese cat and a poodle waiting for her return back home.
Jessica comes to Craig Road Animal Hospital from Vancouver, Canada. She is taking part in our externship program while she is working towards her DVM. Jessica has worked with an array of animals including marine mammals, sea turtles, dogs, cats, and cows.
She recalls when she was younger, her six month old pet puppy had fallen into the pool and had almost drowned. “He spent three days in an oxygen cage, had pneumonia and was close to death,” she said. “The doctors were able to save him and he was able to come back home and live a happy, long life with us.” Jessica said that this moment changed her life and set her on a path to becoming a veterinary doctor.
Jessica envisions herself working at a small general practice back home. “I know everybody has a passion but I love what I do,” she said. “I enjoy every part of my job, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.”
The dog lover enjoys the outdoors, finding time to go hiking, skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Have you ever noticed the many different colors we wear in our hospital? It may seem like we get to wear the color of our choice, but there actually is a reason behind each one.
So what does each hue represent? Well for one thing the colors show which department we are part of. And it tells you a lot about that staff member’s position within Craig Road Animal Hospital.
By Tianna Winters
You see the maroon color on our Customer Service Representatives. They deal with our clients and are the first friendly face that you see. Our representatives wear many hats. They can be a greeters, cashiers, or work in our phone room. Customer Service representatives are also the first staff members to handle your pet.
Our Exam Room Assistants wear green. They are here to provide support for our doctors and clients. They are responsible for collecting any information on our patients, providing exams, treatments, and outpatient care. This group also takes special care when communicating with pet owners for follow ups on the status of our patients to provide the best experience possible.
Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians and our Veterinary Technicians in Training wear navy. LVTs assist our doctors with the care of the animals and sometimes scrub into surgeries. This position is very hands on when dealing with the care of our patients. This is typically why most LVT’s love their job because they get to have so much interaction with the animals. Our LVT’s must be a graduate from an accredited veterinary technology school, pass the National Veterinary Technician exam and be licensed in the state of Nevada.
Our Veterinary Assistants can be seen wearing royal blue. VA’s will assist our doctors by maintaining the facilities for the animals, and the animals themselves. They monitor patient’s behavior, and deal directly with animal management and care. Although legally you do not need a qualification be a veterinary assistant, at Craig Road we usually require a Veterinary Assistant Certificate which takes a year to earn.
Sky blue can be found on our Animal Care Takers who have the important job of taking care and handling our boarding pets, maintaining a clean and healthy area for our boarders, and ensuring that the same loving care as if they were at home.
Regardless of the color we wear, our number one priority at Craig Road Animal Hospital is the care of your pet. It is a trait that can be easily found in each department because we love your animals as much as you do. Some members of our staff are able to jump in and help a different department because we cross-train. We want all of our staff to be as knowledgeable as possible so that you can receive speedy and consistent quality care. Thank you for choosing Craig Road Animal Hospital, we can’t wait to see you again.
Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. This five month old Frenchie is a spunky little lady who wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves giving plenty of kisses and making you giggle by chewing on your toes. Lola may have a huge heart but she is feisty and refuses to be walked on a leash, she’s far too independent for that! Congratulations Lola, you’re our Pet of the Month for August 2015! If you would like to submit your pet for Pet of the Month please use the form here (don’t forget a picture!) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .