Graduate Spotlight: Veterinary Technology Graduate Brad Melum

Brad Melum is making a difference. Brad graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in March of 2014.

After graduating from high school Brad attended University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where he studied economics and elementary education. He knew he didn’t want to do either profession for the rest of his life, and that’s when he found Globe. The Globe University-Appleton campus was the closest veterinary technology program for Brad.

How did you education enhance or change your career path?

While attending UW-Oshkosh, Brad didn’t like economics even though he was getting good grades.

“I knew once I started the veterinary technology program that I made the right choice because I enjoyed the readings and homework.”

Where do you work? What’s your title?

Brad is currently working as a veterinary technician at St. Bernard’s Animal Medical Center and is planning to become certified at the end of July. Prior to joining St. Bernard’s, Brad worked as a bartender and a landscaper for eight years.

What advice would you give to students considering the same degree as you?

Brad offers encouragement to veterinary technology students: “Use your teachers as helpful resources; that’s why they are there.”

In fact, one of Brad’s instructor’s Lacey Miehe, CVT, commented on Brad’s dedication to the veterinary technology program while he was a student.

“He was always prepared for class, and I can remember him staying late to learn his surgery instruments. Of course, when he had to be the surgical assistant, he rocked it because of his dedication,” Lacey said. “He was a positive influence on his peers, and I felt many looked up to him. He never got flustered in surgery and he was always willing to jump in when help was needed.”

What do you love most about your job?

Brad most enjoys dealing with all the different breeds he works with on a daily basis. Brad loves the fact that, “I feel like I am making a difference.”