5 minutes with … a veterinary technician | PostIndependent.com

5 minutes with … a veterinary technician

Name: Kara Teague

Age: 31

Occupation: Veterinary technician at Valley Veterinary Clinic in Rifle

Place of birth: Glenwood Springs

How did you get into veterinary care? I attended Bel-Rea, an accredited vet tech school for two years where I received my associate in science degree.

What are your duties as a vet tech? I do lab work, X-rays, anethesia, dental cleanings ” all the medical stuff that enables the doctors to do the diagnosis. Of course, I also answer phones and make appointments.

What do you like best about your job? The puppies. That, and seeing a sick patient coming in and then go home, knowing that we made a difference.

Least? Euthanizations.

Do you have pets at home? Two giant black Labs.

What is it you like about animals? I’ve always liked animals, but I like that they’re so happy and happy to be with you. It’s a great part of my day.

What did you want to be when you grew up? In kindergarten, I wanted to be a cheerleader (laughs). In high school, I wanted to be an accountant. But when I was 16, my sister ran over our cat and there was nothing I could do. I jumped into (the veterinary field) with both feet and never looked back.

Best vacation ever? When my husband and I go hunting every year in November ” we get to take a time out.

What do you do in your spare time? I’m an avid pretend photographer ” I shoot everything. And I spend time with my kids who are 8 and 5.

Greatest accomplishment? Personally – my children. Professionally – being in the vet tech business the past 11 years and at Valley Vet for seven years.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Before my dad passed away, he told me to not let life slide by with the little things.

Any tattoos? Two.

If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? Any Indian chiefs, Karen Boland (former veterinarian and owner of Valley Veterinary Clinic), and William Wallace (the Scottish knight who was the inspiration for the 1995 movie, “Braveheart.”) We would have dessert and talk about whatever came up and what was going on in our lives.

What’s the greatest invention ever made? Diagnostics. I can’t imagine practicing medicine without it.

Movie: Last of the Mohicans.

Breakfast: Strawberry waffles.

Song: One Headlight ” by the Wallflowers.

Food: Any kind of dessert.

Website: None.

Sport to watch: I love football.

Place in Garfield County: Anywhere in the White River National Forest.

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