In the past year there have been many changes at Mountain View Animal Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, but the number one change that can be seen is that we are growing! As our Mountain View family grows we want our patients to be able to get to know everyone who helps to make up our Mountain View family. So we decided to start a weekly blog that focuses on a different team member each week, we hope that you read and enjoy this look into the people that make Mountain View work. And without further ado lets introduce to you our very first team member of the week: Mikaela Heck.

Meet Mikaela: Mikaela is currently in training as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, after starting her career here at Mountain View as a Patient Care Specialist. Mikaela is an animal lover who has many different animals, who may secretly be trying to start her own zoo in her spare time. Please enjoy this quick sit down interview with Mikaela that will help you get to know her.

Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I feel like this might be a generic answer but I like working with the patients & their families being able to make them happier and comfortable.

Q: What made you want to become a LVT?
A: I knew I always wanted to work with animals, ever since I was little I would write in my diary I want to be a Veterinarian! So I went to college to be a vet; then I said um nope this is too much money, too much time, and too much work.

Q: You got to College and had a change of heart?
A: I wouldn’t say I had a change of heart I still wanted to work with animals, so I got my degree in animal science because in the state of Nevada you can petition the board if you have a certain level of education and all you have to do is 2 years of on the job training and pass the board exam to become a licensed vet tech.

Q: How long have you been in your training?
A: I started last September so I am about a year in and have a year left so that means that most of my free time I am at home studying.

Q: Does that mean after next September you’ll be official?
A: [laughing] yes, exactly..

Q: Now, let’s get personal I don’t really have a question so I’ll ask to tell me about yourself?
A: I grew up in Dallas, Texas I then moved to Colorado for school and I have a lot of animals.

Q: You can’t mention you have a lot of animals and not say how many you have.
A: I have a dog, 2 cats, 2 chinchillas, 2 guinea pigs, a sugar glider, a tarantula, 2 lizards, and a water dog salamander.

Q: So, your house is basically a zoo?
A: [laughing] yes, yes it is.

Q: I also know that your dog recently had surgery do you want to tell me a little about that?
A: Yes my dog Winny, had gallbladder surgery here at Mountain View I was in the building when it happened but I didn’t get to actually see it happen because I was working but I’m writing about it and it will be on the hospitals blog soon.

Q: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today.
A: You’re welcome this wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

Don’t forget to check back next week, for the next Team Member of the Week.