Hospital, San Juan, Puerto Rico - (Angel Ramos)
Angel taking blood samples
Veterinary Specialty Hospital is a
small animal surgical hospital located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Angel's goal was to work as a veterinary assistant in a clinic to gain
knowledge in the veterinary field. He also wanted to determine if
veterinary medicine was still the area he was interested in
pursuing. After having the exciting opportunity to work with one
of only two veterinary surgeons in Puerto Rico, he is planning on
attending veterinary school.
His responsibilities included animal restraint, assisting with x-rays,
blood pressure readings, processing urine samples, "trimming" for
sonograms, assisting in surgeries, and kennel maintenance.
This experience was so incredible
because I was actually the ONLY one helping the doctor (in the
operating room). I remember her saying to me 'hold this,' 'pull that,'
'hold it right there,' and 'give me this or that'. During the
surgery, I didn't only have fun but also learned quite a bit."
It was a life determining experience
since I now know that being a veterinarian is what I really want to do
with my life. As long as I can remember, an animal doctor is what I've
always wanted to be, and now by going through this 'test' I will
hopefully become a veterinarian after graduating from college."