TEMPLE, Texas – Minda Wyatt traded the paper and pen for a faucet and a pair of hair clippers.
“As far back as I can remember, I’ve said to my mom, ‘Hey, I want to be a vet when I’m older,’” Wyatt explained, with a smile on his face. “Or something like that.”
Dreams of his future profession began young at his home in central Texas, where more than 20 animals like cats, dogs and even cows also lived.
However, those dreams started to come true when she entered Temple High School in second grade.
“I’m going to be younger than everyone who would normally be [a veterinary assistant certification], “she said.” I feel like this is what is supposed to happen, this is what I’m supposed to do. “
The District Pet Spa is a place for students like Wyatt and Anyssa Perry a chance to earn their CVA certificate and practice the basic skills needed to enter the field.
“It helps me get started faster,” Perry said. “I will be working with my profession while I go to college, which gives me two ways to improve and [be] more educated with what i want to do.
However, according to the Veterinary Medical Association, there is a shortage of veterinarians that is only expected to worsen.
A few common reasons for this include much of the industry retiring at a rate where new vets cannot fill the void and many people have had pets during the pandemic, which means help additional is needed.
“The shortage of vets is about to be really frightening,” said Brianna Hubnik, program instructor. “The veterinary industry is tough. So it is very helpful to instill that and to have a group of kids coming into college with hands-on experience. “
Hubnik even told the story of a recent graduate of the program who informed her that she was doing so well in school because she knew most of the subjects just because she learned them in high school.
So you could say that this program puts seniors on the right path to success.
“It’s going to be sad to leave but it’s going to be fun to start something new,” Wyatt said.
“It lets me get a feel for what it’s going to be up there,” Perry explained. “It’s going to be a challenge to go for it because there are people all over the world trying to go to college for the same thing, but I just have to work harder.”
For now, the Wildcat Pet Spa offers groomer services, but it plans to expand to add dog day care and a pet accommodation option by the end of next year.
For prices and availability, you can check the district website.