Animal lover Lisa Sallee decided vet assisting would be a fulfilling transition after staying home to raise two children.
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“My nest was getting empty,” said Sallee, who lives in Old Monroe. “I’m starting my life all over again.”
She completed the inaugural vet assistant class at the Academy of Pet Careers in St. Charles last month.
The five-month program costs about $15,000 and covers topics such as anatomy, pharmacology, medical terminology and laboratory procedures.
Academy owner Joseph Schifano already had programs in place for pet groomers and trainers. The vet assistant classes, which were planned before the coronavirus, aim to help recalibrate the supply and demand for such workers.
“Veterinarians are in desperate need,” Schifano said.
Sallee found the curriculum interesting and challenging. She especially enjoyed shadowing at an animal hospital, and is excited to land her first job in the field.
“I don’t think you can be unhappy when you’re working with animals,” she said.
Gruhala, the pet lover looking for a dog, finally last month found a black Labrador mix with a white belly at Helping Strays in Columbia, Illinois.