Rachael Green, Certified Veterinary Technician
I grew up in a small town and have had pets my entire life. We have always had at least one dog and outdoor cats. We live on a farm, so I also grew up around horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, chickens and a goat.
I decided to work in a biology related field when I was in high school and started my general studies at Lake Land College, where I received my Associate in Applied Sciences. Then I transferred to Eastern and looked into various Zoology degrees. I wanted to help animals and I started looking into what degree I would need to work with dogs and cats, in a veterinary field. I did a bit of research and found the Vet Tech program at Parkland College. I thought this would be a great way to help animals. I applied and got into the program. It was a tough - lots of studying and long hours of classes. But it was worth it. I enjoy working with animals and helping keep them healthy.
I have one cat named Amelia that lives with me in my apartment. She was found as a stray in Tuscola. She was a bit sick when she was found, so after a few months of medication, she is feeling better. I also have two dogs, Keyser and Moose, who live at home with my parents. They were found as strays where my parents live. I also have two mini donkeys, Chester and Charlene, living at my parents home. In my spare time I like to take photos, sketch, tat, knit and crochet. I also like to spend time on Facebook.
Debbie Gass, Certified Veterinary Technician
From a very young age, I just knew that I was going to work with animals. Back in 1988, I had the opportunity to work at an Animal Emergency Clinic. Oh boy, was I hooked! I just knew that this was what I was meant to do.
Upon arriving in Illinois (from my native Rhode Island), I learned about Parkland College's Veterinary Technology program. I jumped at the chance to learn more and get some more training. It was great to know there was a program to gain more knowledge and training for the field I had come to love.
Every day as a veterinary technician is a learning experience. There are always new medicines, techniques, diagnostics constantly coming out to keep this field so fresh and exciting. (Not to mention all the great animals and people I meet!)
I’m also now the new Professional Outreach Representative of CattleDog Publishing. I enjoy assisting instructors at Veterinary Technology & Veterinary Assistant Schools in adding Low Stress Handling into their curriculums. It’s great helping to make our patients visits less scary and have them actually enjoy coming to vet clinics.
In my spare time, I spend time with Brad, my husband of 8 years. Going to Independent wrestling shows, spending time with friends and teaching Puppy Preschool at Mannered Mutts, LLC are favorite things as well. We have 2 feline children that keep us busy, as well as entertained.
Our sweet girl, Simone was adopted by Brad & me together as our first wedding anniversary present to ourselves. We adopted her at PetSmart through Prairie-Land Anticruelty cat rescue. Her grey & white markings reminded us of Hoppy, one of our previous cats, but then she turned her head showed us her "torti mask" we knew we had to have her.
Our newest cat, Joey started off as a foster from CatSnap that failed in less than a week. He’s an orange & white ball of energy, life with him is never boring, a wonderful addition to our home.
I am blessed that I truly love my job and look forward to going to work to see what each day will bring.
Leeza Chapman, Certified Veterinary Technician
I have wanted to work in the veterinary field for as long as I can remember. I used to bring home stray animals. My mother wasn't too happy, but I wanted to keep them. In second grade, I announced that I wanted to be a veterinarian. In fifth or sixth grade I decided that I would like to work in a vet office, but not be a vet. I decided to look into other jobs that would allow me to work in a vet office. I found information about veterinary technology and decide to be a veterinary technician.
My husband Andrew and I just had our first child, Joie, and we love her so much. I'm so glad I get to be her mom, even if she does keep us up most of the night.
I have a Dalmation named Jasper. I have loved Dalmatians my whole life and am so happy that I finally own one. In my spare time I like to scrapbook and spend time with my nieces and nephews.