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Julia Gimpel

Julia Gimpel

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Year of Graduation: 2011
Program: Veterinary Technician

Healing Hands

Julia Gimpel has the magic touch that heals cherished family pets. “I do what I love for a living and not many people can say that,” says the 2011 Sheridan Veterinary Technician graduate. “My job allows me to help heal, educate and enhance the human/animal bond.”

Julia, who currently works as a registered veterinary technologist (RVT) at the Dixie Road Pet Clinician Brampton, has also served as stand-in RVT for the GTA, York Region and Dufferin County.

A 2008 graduate of Sheridan’s Animal Care program, Julia returned to the Davis Campus to further her education. “Sheridan was an obvious choice to return to and advance my career,” she says.

During the first year in the Veterinary Technician Program Julia had the opportunity of a lifetime. “I assisted in inducing and monitoring an anesthetic procedure on a Siberian tiger at the Metro Toronto Zoo. It was so surreal,” recalls Julia.

She says a good vet tech should be kind and easy to talk to, and having a tough stomach, thick skin and a good sense of humour also matter.

While working towards her diploma, Julia received scholarships and bursaries which helped reduce financial stress. “It made me feel like my hard work and academic accomplishments were worth something.”

Among highlights of the program were the co-op field placements which she valued most. “Although theory is important, the skills you want to gain happen when the pressure is real.”

Having worked in the field for several years, she feels trends are heavily in favour of future graduates. “Many veterinary teams are utilizing the skills and expertise of technicians more than ever before. Especially in areas of client communication and education. Pet owners are also starting to recognize that RVTs play a major role in their animal’s healthcare.”

Julia wants to use this progressive atmosphere to her advantage and dabble in emergency and referral medicine. “I eventually hope to broaden my spectrum of self-employment and incorporate at-home care to accommodate a wider range of patients and pet parents.”

Like any other career, every day as a vet tech is different from the last. “But at the end of the day, I feel like I act as a voice, an advocate, for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

Learn more about Sheridan’s Veterinary Technician program.