In this Alumni Spotlight we caught up with Chelsea Ann Kirkpatrick, graduate of the Veterinary Assistant program who currently is employed at the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Where have you worked since you graduated and where do you currently work? What is your title?
Since I have graduated Great Lakes I have worked at Peninsula Pups Doggy Daycare and The Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania. I currently still work at The Humane Society and have been there for 5 years. I have worked there in many different departments such as being part of the kennels staff to being the Volunteer Coordinator and even the Kennel manager. As much as I loved all those positions I truly enjoy being hands on as much as possible so I am now currently back working in kennels, where I am rehabilitating the dogs we get and assist in finding their forever homes.
What types of things do you do there day to day?
Here at The Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania our main goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home. We also work with the dogs if there are any behavioral issues and teach them basic training. We run basic tests in the animals, make sure they are vaccinated and spayed or neutered.
What do you like about your career?
There are so many things that I love about my career. But the one thing that sums up what I love about what I do is to Be a Voice for the Voiceless.
What did you like most about Great Lakes?
When attending Great Lakes I loved the dedication the teachers provided to help us succeed and become who we want to be.
What are your career goals for the future?
My goal for my future is to start my own rescue and rehabilitation center for the Voiceless.
What advice can you give current students and new graduates that can help them be successful?
The best advice I can give is to learn as much as you can, but try to enjoy being in school and enjoy those around you that are there for the same reason. Also put not only your mind, but also your heart into whatever your dream is and you will be able to accomplish anything.