This is a mantra here at atdove.org. It’s one of the main reasons for the development of this website and why I have spent the last 5 years working to create the videos and articles found here – because I believe so strongly that in order to stay engaged we need to continue to learn. That is why I have decided it is time to move on to a new chapter in my career.
When I started my career at DoveLewis I was a very young, very naïve technician. Fresh out of school I thought I knew what I was getting into. I was quickly proven wrong during that first long overnight shift and the past 16 years has seen me continue to marvel at all there is to still learn about veterinary medicine, about people management, about client communication, and about myself. Working at DoveLewis has given me the opportunity to set personal and professional goals and achieve those goals through my own hard work and the mentorship and trust of those I have worked with. While luck alone cannot turn anyone into a success, I count myself lucky to have the job that I have and work with the people I get to work with.
I found myself growing restless over the last few months and came to the realization that I am too comfortable in my career. I found that simply loving what I get to do at DoveLewis and with atdove.org isn’t enough; that I needed a push – I needed to remember to never stop learning. That nagging restlessness led me to the decision to accept a position training technicians at two large specialty hospitals - I’ll be splitting my time between Portland and Seattle. This new position will allow me to work with two different sets of specialists and technicians; working in some specialties that I have not yet been exposed. This new job will allow me to bring the skills and knowledge I have gained at DoveLewis and share them with a new group of veterinary professionals.
While I will miss the opportunity to interact with the students and professionals supplementing their knowledge via atdove.org, I am eager to see the impact and contributions that others will bring to future videos and articles. My departure allows the next generation of DoveLewis employees the opportunity to create videos that continue the learning this website promotes. I cannot begin to thank all of you who make atdove.org a success – all of you eager to better your knowledge and better the lives of your patients and their owners.
Continue to keep learning and keep pushing yourselves to get better! Thank you for your enthusiasm, thank you to DoveLewis for giving me every opportunity to achieve my goals, and thank you to every patient and client for teaching me how to be a better technician. Onward to the next challenge – never stop learning.
My First DoveLewis Video
Disclaimer: This was one of the first videos we filmed, meant as proof of concept, never meant for everyone's eyeballs, but a fun look back at our beginnings. And proof that everyone has to start somewhere! Don't assign this video...