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Labour of Love

December 12, 2012

There’s nothing like a wet kiss from a rescued animal to thank you for a job well done, says Meghan Stone. A registered veterinary technician at the Animal Hospital of Cambridge, Meghan is finding much to like in this high-demand field.

“It’s a rewarding career and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't learn something new or improve my techniques,” says Meghan.

She is particularly gratified to be working at a hospital that treats rescued animals and puts them up for adoption.

“Our adoption page features animals that have either been surrendered to us or taken before being euthanized,” says Meghan. “All the treatment and procedures given in hospital for these animals (vaccines, deworming, etc.) are graciously paid for by the owners of the clinic.”

The need is certainly great, especially with the winter weather now upon us. The number of stray, feral and abandoned cats living in Toronto alone is said by animal groups to be anywhere from 100,000 to 250,000.

Looking after animals, wherever they are from, can be a physically demanding job. On a day to day basis, you can catch Meghan getting blood, putting in catheters, assisting in surgery, calculating drug doses, nursing sick patients and more.

There is a growing demand for Meghan’s services, says Statistics Canada which found household spending on veterinary care increased by about 90% from 1997 to 2009.

Meghan began her quest to enter the animal care field as a high school student in her hometown of North Bay. A member of the Veterinary Technician’s first graduating class in 2011, she was happy to gain the co-op placement experience offered by the program. Not to mention the “friends for life” she made at the college. “I couldn't have asked for a better class and even more important, better teachers.”