Virginia is a “second career” veterinary technician. After many challenging years in law enforcement/emergency communications, she decided to she wanted to work with animals that actually appreciated her. Virginia is a proud 2001 graduate of the amazing Veterinary Technology program at National American University in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Virginia has worked primarily in small animal practices but never passed up a chance to participate in any large animal encounter, much to the amusement of her classmates and colleagues. Virginia has enjoyed the experience of practicing veterinary medicine in both rural and metropolitan communities.
Following a car accident that made general practice trying, Virginia was offered the opportunity to teach veterinary technology. Here, she discovered a passion for sharing her knowledge and experiences with others, and helping kindred spirits turn their own life-long love of animals into a stimulating, exciting career path. In 2012, she accepted the position of Veterinary Technology Program Director at Muscatine Community College in Iowa. She continues to enjoy the diversity that her students bring to the classroom as well as the challenges and rewards of managing a dynamic Veterinary Technology Program.
Virginia is a certified trainer with BART, Basic Animal Rescue Training. BART is a 501(c)3 organization based in Minnesota made up of veterinary volunteers who train firefighters and other first-responders in basic animal handling, first aid, and CPR. BART has chapters in Minnesota, Iowa and Oklahoma. Virginia has been privileged to participate in the “train the trainer” sessions for both Iowa and Oklahoma.
Virginia speaks nationally on the topic of Client Bereavement and passionately believes that veterinary technicians serve an integral role in assisting clients with the end of life issues of their companion animals and the facilitation of healthy grief.
Virginia is a proud member of NAVTA and was honored to serve on the Executive Board in 2007-2008. Presently, she serves as Exhibition Representative, traveling to various veterinary conferences to promote the work of the organization and the profession in general. She delights in speaking with veterinary technicians from all over and appreciates hearing their experiences.
Virginia lives in Iowa with her partner Jim and two mixed breed, senior dogs, Zeus and Jedi.
Favorite quote: “To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have live. That is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photo courtesy of Gina Spadafori