Dean of Faculty Kim Sprecker shared, “Laura stands out for jumping into teaching with her whole heart. Her heart beats with compassion and concern for her [veterinary technology] students. She remembers what it was like to be a student and goes the extra mile to make sure her students have the resources and experiences they need to be a cut above the competition—always with a caring smile on her face.”
Here is what some of her students have to say:
- “Laura seems to understand the students’ level of learning and brings her own techniques to use. And if there is still a spot we are struggling with, she takes time out of her day and sticks with us helping us get through it.”
- “Laura has created a very relaxed and supportive environment in which students feel very comfortable making comments or asking questions…she is super helpful and spunky. She makes me want to be in class and participate.”
When I sat down with Laura to talk about her recognition, I found she could relate so much with what her students are going through being enrolled in veterinary technology school.
“The vet tech program is challenging and I can relate to that,” Laura said. “When I was in school, I was a single parent of a brand new baby. I can totally remember all of the long hours and challenge to juggle everything.”
I asked Laura to share some tips she felt could help students in the veterinary technology program achieve their ultimate goal: graduation.
- If you have any opportunity to work at a veterinary clinic and work as an assistant or receptionist, do it. “The exposure you gain by working in a clinic will make all the information you learn in the classroom make more sense. It may not be something to help pay the bills, but the knowledge is invaluable.”
- Take care of yourself. “The basics your body needs, like healthy square meals and proper amount of sleep will allow yourself to stay focused and on top of the program. Sticking to a schedule and having a routine will help you with staying on top of juggling your work and home life.”
- Keep all your books, notes, tests and more. When you are done with a class, don’t dismiss that material. Reread your old notes, relearn your flashcards and review your tests as this will keep your mind sharp.
- Don’t do it alone. There is a definite benefit to connecting with other veterinary technology students when in school. “I noticed that both as a student as an instructor that students tend to form groups and that is a great tool. You will have someone to turn to answer questions, get other viewpoints, gain a study partner or even just vent about your challenges. Having a support group in your program does help for success.”
- Never give up. “There were many times I wanted to give up because it’s hard, but just remember your original goal. Tap into that passion you felt and know that this is what you want to do. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s going to be the greatest thing you will accomplish.”
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