Animal Services Veterinary Technician Nominated for Award
Jessica Smith, Grand Prairie Animal Services Veterinary Technician, has been nominated and is a finalist for the American Humane's Hero Veterinary Technician Award.
The award honors the heroes who dedicate their lives to making a difference in animals’ lives through the delivery of outstanding veterinary care. Judges of the award reviewed nearly 200 nominations and have selected the top five veterinarians and top five veterinary technicians as finalists.
Pet owners and animal lovers alike are invited to nominate their favorite veterinary professionals who are dedicated to the betterment of the health and welfare of animals and the promotion of the human-animal bond. The winning veterinarian and veterinary technician will be flown to Los Angeles to be honored as part of the seventh annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards® which will be taped for a national television broadcast on Hallmark Channel later in the fall. These awards are not limited to companion animal veterinarians. Professionals from all fields of veterinary medicine are eligible for entry including, but not limited to those who work in research, emergency services, shelters, and those who work with large and exotic animals.
You can vote online at herovetawards.org/vote until 10 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017.
Jessica is a highly trained and dedicated individual and is essential to our animal shelter. Previously coming in from a private practice, Jessica had to overcome some obstacles and adjust to a slight learning curve with shelter medicine. She has done an amazing job learning and growing in this position and is our very own hero when it comes to helping to keep our animals healthy in a shelter environment!
Under the supervision of our licensed veterinarian, Jessica monitors and cares for almost 1-200 animals every day and has been the backbone of maintaining protocols that have helped us to treat and care for animals that previously would have had to have been euthanized. It is a lot of responsibility and pressure, and she has done it superbly since she came to our shelter as our Lead Technician (our only full-time technician!). She not only supports our veterinarian in diagnosing disease, making accurate prognoses, prescribing medications, and performing surgeries, she maintains other duties, such as keeping inventories, developing SOPs, working on "herd management" for our shelter among other non-veterinary related tasks. Jessica is great to work with and truly has been a hero to our animals here in Grand Prairie and we could not be more proud to have her on our team.