“Working at the University’s Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) allows me the time and mental power to focus on my family alongside the opportunity to grow professionally. I can casually go for my VTS because I see new cases at work every day, and I feel well supported in pursuing the specialization.
“I came to the VMC for the paid time off and health insurance. It’s easy to take time off for a doctor’s appointment or if my daughter is sick. And as our unit’s union representative, I advocate for raises and better benefits for technicians. I’m also here to answer my coworkers’ questions about contracts and to make sure the contracts are upheld by all parties.
“At the VMC, I work in anesthesia. It’s especially rewarding to work with dogs that are very aggressive and scared–they need someone to give them patience and put them at ease. I teach vet students skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives, both about anesthesia and also about how to take care of themselves and their mental health.”--Natalie Vogel, Senior Veterinary Technician, AFSCME Unit 7 - Technical