5 Questions for Vet Tech Graduate Extraordinaire Kelly McDonough

Many people ask, “What is it like to be a veterinary technology student?”  Globe University staff members could go on and on describing what it’s like to be a vet tech student.  However, to really understand the daily life of a veterinary technology student at Globe University-Green Bay, you are better off asking a student, and more important, a graduate—like Kelly McDonough.

Graduate Spotlight: Kelly McDonough, 2012 Graduate, AAS-Veterinary Technology

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Kelly McDonough, vet tech graduate, and Jennifer Wertel, vet tech program chair

In speaking with Kelly, you’ll learn she didn’t always know she wanted to be a vet tech.  In her words, “I think Globe picked me…. I love it and realized how well being a vet tech fit me.  I feel it ended up being my calling.” 

Having a passion for science and technology, she wanted a career that could utilize her nurturing personality as well.

Tell us a little about your background:

“I knew I would not feel fulfilled in life unless I was doing something meaningful. I wanted to set a good example for my daughter… a key factor in education is being able to do something you love in life.”

What was your favorite class at Globe University?

“Surgery and anesthesia were incredibly stressful, but something I really enjoy.  Anesthesia is like conducing an orchestra.  There are several parameters to keep track of.  I love the challenge, the juggling.”

Tell us about your externship experience.

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Kelly completing an applied learning project

“Bay East Animal Hospital was kind enough to welcome me to their practice. By interning there full-time, I really got a sense of what life would be like post-graduation.  It was an exciting experience and I still do some relief work for them when they have openings in the schedule.”

Where are you now?

“I passed the VTNE in November, and received my credentials in December 2012.  I am working as a CVT at the Green Bay Animal Emergency Center.  I feel like I used all the skills I learned in school, and I like not knowing where the day is going to lead.  I feel like the emergency center provides a valuable service to the community, and being a part of that is incredibly rewarding.”

What advice would you give to others considering this career?

“You will need to study hard because you will need to have medical knowledge about multiple species.  You will also have to deal with a variety of smelly and disgusting tasks.  The career is amazing, rewarding, and a labor of love.”

Congratulations to Kelly on her outstanding accomplishments.  Globe University-Green Bay is confident she will continue to make a difference in the community.  If you are looking for a career that utilizes your passion for animals and medicine, call 920-264-1600 to receive information on the veterinary technology program.

By Beth Spiering, Director of Admissions, Globe University-Green Bay