such as vet wrap, gloves, a mask, a scrub shirt, a book on training dogs and much more. I have continued to
keep in touch with Erin and hope she will look to me for mentoring in the future.
The clinic was a wonderful place to practice essential everyday veterinary techniques such as record taking,
completing physicals, giving vaccinations and medical decision-making in a low-pressure environment.
I gained an immense amount of surgical confidence, enhanced my ability to communicate to clients and
made lifelong bonds with exceptional and inspiring people. Because I chose to volunteer, I made an impact
on the overall wellness of members in the community by directly improving the health of their individual
animals, by informing them about demonstrating proper animal husbandry, and by establishing a lasting
relationship with a young, future veterinarian. The experiences I gained enriched my veterinary medical
knowledge, strengthened my decision making ability in less than perfect situations, blessed me with many
new friendships, and humbled me as I saw just how much the community members care about their pets. My
hope is that I have encouraged you to do something kind for someone today, not because you expect kindness
back, but to make the world a better place.
Recent Purdue Veterinary Medicine veterinary technology graduate, Jessica Kanalos (PU V T 2015), with a foster kitten.
By Stephanie Camden
Editor’s note: the author wrote this story about a Purdue
veterinary technology student as a project while she was
a student in Ag Communications in the Purdue College of
Agriculture. It is reprinted with permission.
Jessica Kanalos, RVT (PU BS-VT 2015), was a Purdue
veterinary technology major from Fort Wayne,
Ind., working hard to balance her studies, a job and
TURNED FOSTER MOM
It’s all about the kittens!
her social life when she chose to become a foster
parent. But, she wasn’t chasing toddlers around her
apartment. Jessica started fostering kittens to get
them ready for adoption.
“Raising kittens has a lot of similarities to parenting,”
Jessica said. “Some kittens require frequent bottle
feeding until they are able to be weaned. They require
round-the-clock care keeping them fed, cleaned,