Address: Church Hill, TN
Utilizing my years of professional animal care experience, my plan is to continue to concentrate on writing unique pet care material from a vet tech perspective. I would like to develop a full series around Secrets of a Vet Tech and The Pet Parent Professor and to become a trainer in the classroom and beyond. In addition, I plan to continue my studies in ancient and modern religion and to continue to write about the evolution of faith.
2012 - present
The Pet Parent Professor
Sew Vac Academy
Secrets of a Vet Tech
Fundamentalism to Faith
"Secrets of a Vet Tech: The Guide to Low Cost Pet Care When the Cupboard is Bare" published October 2012
"Fundamentalism to Faith: Memoirs of a Recovering Freewill Baptist" published January 2013
Freelance Writer and Blogger
2010 - present
Began blogging with "Whisper Creek" in 2010 which included commentary, poetry, and matters of social action and faith. Later added "The Pet Parent Professor"' in 2013 to continue to establish my expertise in pet care after "Secrets of a Vet Tech". Hired by Sew Vac Sales and Service to write "Sew Vac Academy" blog which also began in 2013.
2010 - present
Utilizing social media, Youtube, online classifieds and auctions to promote Sew Vac Sales and Service in Kingsport, TN. Created and maintain the website, create newsletters, emails, and a blog to promote the business. In addition, I create advertisements utilizing Paint, Luna Pic, Windows Movie Maker, and Powerpoint for VIP Pet Sitting, as well as my own projects including my animal rescue, T.Paws.
Veterinary Technician and Receptionist
1996 - 2012
Technician duties included phlebotomy, IV catheters, surgical preparation, running laboratory tests including fecals, complete blood counts, internal organ functions, electrolytes, glucose curves, urinalysis, radiographs, fecal tests, and more. Surgical monitoring utilizing blood pressure cuffs, ECG machines, pulse oximeters, as well as monitoring IV fluids during surgery. Post surgical nursing duties included monitoring pet while waking and administering pain medication. Skilled in autoclaving surgical instruments, packing according to doctor preference and additional sterile procedures. Monitoring and treatment of sick pets per doctors orders. Keeping all veterinary records per the SOAP method. Additional duties included, but are not limited to cleaning kennels/cages, bathing and shave downs, vaccinating, euthanizing with and without owner present, caring for boarding animals. Receptionist duties included utilizing Cornerstone, AVI Mark, and Petware Software, customer service and cash receipts. Hospitals included Cherry Point Animal Hospital, Banfield Pet Hospital, Young's Animal Hospital (all in Kingsport/Johnson City, TN), Centennial Animal Hospital, Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley, Animal Medical Center of Redlands, VCA Central Hospital (Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Upland CA), Lakeview Animal Hospital, Magnolia Pet Hospital (New Orleans, LA)
Professional Pet Sitter/Business Owner
2006 - 2008
Created and operated a successful small business in Southern California called Gentle Hands Animal Care and Pet Sitting, caring for pets in the pet parent's home. Pets included dogs, cats, exotics, birds, and horses. Also went into homes of fractious pets on behalf of a local veterinarian to do blood draws, lab work, and subcutaneous fluids.
Animal Rescue Operator, Humane Society Board Member, and Animal Cruelty Investigator
1997 - Present
Have operated the following rescues: Chattyville Pocket Pet Rescue (TN), Gentle Hands Network for Life (CA), T.Paws Rescue and ARFranage (now Tiny Paws Sanctuary) snce 1996, Former board member of Humane Society of Greater Kingsport which operated the Kingsport Animal Shelter (1997-1999), Animal Cruelty Investigator for HSGK during that time where I investigated about 100 cases per year, prepared the cases for court and testified as an expert witness. Had a 100 percent conviction rate.
Veterinary Technician Continuing Education
Cedar Valley College, Dallas TX, 2005-2006
Certified Euthanasia Technician
American Humane Association, Pasadena CA 2005
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Carson Newman College, Jefferson City, TN, 1989-1993