I was born and raised in Oxon Hill, Maryland, settled in Waldorf, Maryland and raised one daughter with my husband. I work for the Federal Government, Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, DC. My office disseminates data on all of the fatal crashes which occur on our nations roadways, so be safe out there while you are driving!
I still reside in Waldorf, MD, and have 4 Chihuahuas, and I am fostering one Chihuahua from our local Humane Society. We are now enrolled in obedience class with one of my own and my foster, in hopes that with manners, he will be adopted more easily after completing the class, and he is doing remarkably well!
I started volunteering at the Charles County Humane Society Rabies Clinic and the Spay and Neuter Clinic and decided that I wanted to know more about the care and wellbeing of animals. I decided it was time to act on my heart and learn something about the creatures I have so much admiration for.
I found that my local community college provided a career starter course in Veterinarian Assistant and I jumped at the chance to learn. I completed, and passed the training some of which is noted below:
History taking and exam room procedures, physical exams, animal restraint and handling, anatomy and physiology, animal diseases and vaccinations, parasitology, basic laboratory procedures, pharmacology, patient care and radiology, nursing care-therapeutic techniques, fluid therapy, introduction to radiology, surgical equipment and preparation of surgical team and patient, patient recovery, emergency medicine, triage, and common emergencies.
I have just enrolled in another class titled "Understanding Diseases in Animals" starting in September.
When I heard about City Dogs Rescue at the Kristin Chenoweth concert in June, from Miss Kristin Chenoweth herself, I just kept thinking, maybe I could help in some small way. After meeting with Dave, Darren and Alissa, I am hoping that I can help with questions or concerns the foster parents might have with the health and wellbeing of the dogs you foster (or adopt!).