By: Regina Toney
We’re excited to introduce Jennifer, our latest D.V.M extern at Craig Road Animal Hospital. Growing up in Sacramento, California, Jennifer had a wide variety of pets, including birds, bunnies, rats, fish, cats, and dogs. “I’ve always wanted to be a vet, I took a nontraditional route experimenting with engineering but ultimately I came back to my love of animals.”
Jennifer completed her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology at The University of California, Davis. Jennifer is currently attending Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona where she is pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Jennifer has an active interest in “ One Health Initiative,” this organization is a coalition dedicated to the health of humans, animals, and the environment. She currently serves as President of Midwestern University’s One Health Initiative Club.
Jennifer expects to learn as much as possible, complete more “Hands on training” and come away with unique experiences from Craig Road Animal Hospital’s Externship Program. She’s most excited for the diversity of career opportunities that becoming a veterinarian will afford her.
Although she doesn’t currently have pets, her parents still care for their 13- year-old golden retriever named Gabby. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending lots of time outdoors. She most enjoys activities such as hiking, golfing, soccer and recently learned Argentine tango dancing.
By: Regina Toney
Craig Road Animal Hospital welcomes Andrea, our newest D.V.M. extern. Andrea comes to us from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Andrea’s love for animal’s dates to her childhood. Growing up she owned two golden retrievers, rabbits and various birds.
She loved working with animals so much that she volunteered with the humane society at the age of ten. “Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always loved animals and when I realized that I could be both a doctor and work with animals I decided that’s where I want to be.” After four years of volunteering, she began her first job at an animal hospital as a kennel attendant. She worked her way up and soon became an exam room assistant, taking x-rays, drawing blood and getting more actively involved in the hospital.
Andrea obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Coastal Carolina University in the spring of 2013. She is currently pursuing her D.V.M. degree at the University of Georgia. Working in general practice to treat larger animals is her goal, “I want to be able to treat whatever comes through the door.”
Andrea’s hobbies include hiking and going to the beach, her favorite activity is water skiing. She wants to work in emergency medicine as she feels that type of setting will help keep her skills sharp and make her a better doctor in the future. She believes that by being able to think on her feet and problem solve she’ll be better prepared to handle situations that arise in the hospital.
Rikki joins the team at Craig Road Animal Hospital as part of our extern program. Currently, Rikki is pursuing her D.V.M. degree at Colorado State but her journey to becoming a veterinarian started here in her hometown of Las Vegas, NV.
At first, Rikki was torn between caring for humans or animals, “I was really interested in the science of medicine, but when I was shadowing doctors in hospitals it never really clicked with me that this is what I want to do.” A few weeks later, she had visited an animal hospital for a tour and immediately realized that veterinary medicine was what she had been looking for all along.
Rikki aspires to gain more experience with surgery and emergencies as she shadows Dr. Koenitzer during her externship. While at Craig Road, she is most excited to see her book learning turn in to hands on practice. Ultimately, she would like to gain the experience in order to care for large breeds and exotic animals.
Throughout her life Rikki had plenty of pets to care for ranging from ferrets and snakes to common household pets like gerbils and dogs. However, she now focuses her efforts on her only pet, a Siberian-Husky named Jade. In her spare time Rikki enjoys hiking, golfing, climbing, and pretty much everything involving the outdoors, she says she plans on making sure to visit Mt. Charleston during her externship.
We’re excited to introduce Elspeth, our newest D.V.M. extern at Craig Road Animal Hospital! In her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, Elspeth always had a love for animals, she says, “When I think about why I went into this profession, I just thought to myself ‘What made me happy as a kid?’, right away I knew the answer to that question was animals.” But Elspeth’s story doesn’t begin with animal welfare. In fact, she attended Williams College in Massachusetts pursuing a career as a lawyer, but after working for a law practice, she soon realized that pursuing a ‘life of arguing’ was not for her.
Elspeth had later returned to school at Cleveland State to finish two years of science courses, but now attends Ohio State as she works to finish her D.V.M. degree. Now, her ultimate goal is to gain experience from all the different facets of veterinary medicine through her externships and use that experience as a series of stepping stones to becoming a veterinarian. As far as her specific interests, she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine which allow her to be hands on with patients.
“It’s a challenging profession that really keeps you on your toes and your always learning new things which is what I’m attracted to the most.”
Elspeth’s personal interests include traveling, the outdoors, yoga, and rock climbing. She says she’s making sure to visit Red Rock National Park before the end of her externship at Craig Road. Elspeth lived in Taiwan for a year but that didn’t stop her from caring about the welfare of other animals. On her way back to the states she brought ‘Betty’, a native Taiwanese dog she found wondering on the streets.
It’s our pleasure to introduce the newest DVM extern at Craig Road, Jennifer! Growing up in Boca Raton, Florida, Jennifer knew at an early age what it meant to take care of our four legged friends. “Whether it’s now or when I was a kid, the welfare of other animals is something that I’ve always been interested in.” After researching the profession, Veterinary medicine offered Jennifer a challenge that she couldn’t refuse.
During her time at Craig Road, Jennifer looks forward to gaining hands on experience and becoming comfortable with the pace of a busy hospital. Jennifer is currently in the process of pursuing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University after completing her clinical study at Louisiana State University.
Jennifer found out about Craig Road’s externship program from Dr. Ashman during her previous externship in Thailand. Currently, Jennifer has experience with small animal practices and shelter medicine because of her travels, but plans to become more familiar with ultrasound during her externship.
In her spare time Jennifer enjoys all aspects of the outdoors from boating, to fishing, bonfires, and even four-wheeling. At home Jennifer has two cats, Tigger and Mambo, as well as three dogs; Mo, Max, and Cruise.
We’re excited to introduce Morgan, our newest DVM extern at Craig Road Animal Hospital! Growing up as an only child in Syracuse, New York, Morgan spent most of her time with animals while her parents worked. Knowing that the experience would either make or break it for her, she started her veterinary career working at a veterinary clinic back in high school.
Fortunately for Morgan, the challenge offered by Veterinary medicine was very appealing. “That’s when I realized how much I loved the science behind the medicine, the opportunity for continual learning, and working with clients and patients,” she said.
Currently Morgan is pursing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Morgan says she decided to extern at Craig Road because of the recommendation she received from one of her classmates, Austin, a previous extern at Craig Road.
She says her goal during her externship is to, “Gain experience outside of academia, work with doctors who have different perspectives, and be exposed to the fast pace of the hospital.” Of the many veterinary interests she has, Morgan is most involved with diagnostic imaging.
When she isn’t caring for animals, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking on her days off. At home Morgan has one cat, a domestic medium-hair named Athena.
Craig Road Animal Hospital has an extern program for currently enrolled 3rd and 4th year veterinary medical students.
Craig Road Animal Hospital is a large multi – doctor, AAHA accredited, practice located in Northwest Las Vegas that provides high-quality veterinary care for dogs and cats with a focus on customer service.
On-site housing and a weekly stipend are part of our program in addition to professional mentoring and working in a busy, progressive hospital. Additional opportunities to work with specialists in soft tissue/orthopedic surgery, cardiology, oncology, and rehabilitation are available to those in the program.
In addition to the benefits of working at Craig Road Animal Hospital, and living in Las Vegas, Southern Nevada offers hiking and camping at Red Rock National Park, the Mt. Charleston Ski area, and Lake Mead. Las Vegas is just a short drive away from popular attractions in California, Phoenix, and Utah.
The hospital is over 11,000 sq ft., recently renovated and equipped with all digital radiology, digital dental radiology, ultrasound with color flow Doppler, in-house laboratory, two surgical suites, laparoscopic surgery suite, dentistry suite, oxygen cages, and paperless medical records computer system. Craig Road also features telemedicine capabilities, a full up to date library and an excellent close working relationship with a large veterinary specialty center. With a dedicated and professional staff, Craig Road Animal Hospital also provides an excellent and supportive working environment.
If you are interested in discussing extern opportunities please send us your resume and letter of application marked “Craig Road Animal Hospital Extern Program” or email them to email@example.com.
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We would like to welcome Kassi, our newest D.V.M. Extern, to Craig Road Animal Hospital! Growing up in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Kassi always felt a connection and sense of belonging when it came to the health and welfare of animals.
Kassi attended Pennsylvania State University for her animal sciences degree, but her interest in Veterinary Medicine didn’t stop there. Her desire to explore lab animal medicine led her to an externship in Houston at the University of Texas’s Health Science Center where her study involved laboratory animals ranging from rodents and monkeys to dogs and cats.
“Lab animal medicine has grown dear to me because I want to be the advocate for the animals to have the best lives possible.”
Kassi is currently a third year student at Iowa State University, she hopes to broaden her knowledge in small animal medicine and further develop her technical skills during her time at Craig Road.
Her personal interests include health & fitness, horror movies, as well as volunteering for the SPCA and various animal wildlife clinics. She appreciates all animals including the very small and not-so-cute, at home Kassi has a bunny named “Puff” and two mice “Tootsie” and “Cricket”.
Austin started caring for a variety of animals at a young age, helping out on his father’s boarding house for horses. Whether it was binding an injured foot or feeding any of the cows, chickens, or sheep on his family property, there was always something to do.
As he got older, his love for education and animal communication grew.
“People learn more about themselves through their animals,” Austin said. “Being able to share that knowledge with others is all I want to do.”
The fourth year Colorado State student is interested in small animal practice. Austin believes that veterinarians play a very important role in the community and is focused on education, engagement, and animal behavior.
“There is a plethora of wrong information out there that people have access to at the tips of their fingertips,” Austin said. “It is important to have a professional that clients feel comfortable with to help guide them on how to care for their pets.”
Austin is from New Mexico and enjoys spending his study breaks with his pointer mix, Jerry.
Sammy is a veterinary student visiting Craig Road Animal Hospital from the University of Missouri. He originally thought he wanted to get into dentistry or human medicine until a personal experience changed his mind.
“My dog was severely attacked by a coyote my freshman year of college,” Sammy said. “We all thought we had to say our good-bye’s but the doctor placed him into surgery right away and saved him.” He said the moment he saw his pup running around and playing the next day as if nothing happened was when he realized saving animals was what he wanted to do with his life.
“As I progressed in my studies and through the hands on experience I learned just how much I love this industry,” he said. “You get the satisfaction of treating the patient and then seeing the smile on the client’s face when they’re reunited.”
After he graduates, Sammy would like to move back to L.A. where he can practice small animal medicine. Sammy says that his ultimate goal is to have his own practice. Thanks for choosing to learn from our hospital, we are so happy to have you here!
Samantha has always loved animals but it was her experiences in high school that led her to pursue a career with them. “I volunteered at a shelter when I was a senior,” Samantha said. “Then volunteering turned into schooling, which turned into internships, so here I am.”
The third year student attends the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has turned her hobby into a passion. “Veterinary medicine is the perfect mix of science and mystery,” she said. “The animals can’t tell you what is wrong so I really enjoy the challenge.”
Samantha is interested in working with exotic animals but surgery is her craft of choice. She has two blue kitties named Kevin and Baloo, a Beagle named Lily, and a Shih Tzu named Oliver. This southern lady is looking forward to moving out west when she graduates and already has some ideas of where she might want to stake her claim. “I originally planned on Oregon,” Samantha said. “But I’ve only been in Vegas for a week and I fell in love instantly!”
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.
Hailing from Oak Ridge, New Jersey, Elizabeth Ashman was introduced to us through our externship program here at Craig Road Animal Hospital. The fourth year student will become a D.V.M. after graduating from Ross University in September 2015.
Concentrating on general practice and internal medicine, Ashman said that working in the field is one of her true passions and finds it to be extremely rewarding. She loves working on all animals and has even worked with big cats like snow leopards and lions at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.
Ashman also understands how animals can be a very important member of a family. “It’s nice to not only make a difference to the animal itself but also to the clients,” Ashman said.
While she is excited to be reunited with her three dogs back in Jersey, the veterinary student plans to practice in the Midwest and cannot wait to get started.