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Our Working Students

Our Working Students

This month, our spot light is going to be a little different. Usually, we only choose one employee a month to spotlight, but this time we are shining the light on all of our working students. We have 14 students who are working here at Peterson & Smith and below you can find out a llittle something about them!

This month, our spot light is going to be a little different. Usually, we only choose one employee a month to spotlight, but this time we are shining the light on all of our working students. We have 14 students who are working here at Peterson & Smith and below you can find out a llittle something about them! 

ERC Working Students

Hollie Munger is a student at the University of Florida. She likes being at Peterson & Smith because of the learning opportunities that arise daily. These could be experiencing her first palpation, to handling a stallion, to learning the respective subtle aspects of proper client interactions. Hollie is majoring in Animal Science with a focus in Equine Industry. She was drawn to this field because she wanted to vastly expand her knowledge and learn from the best because she came into this with a blank slate when it comes to reproductive knowledge. In her spare time, Hollie enjoys riding her horse as much as she can and returning home so she can frequent the beach as much as possible!

Sloane Garcia is a student at the University of Florida. She likes being at Peterson & Smith because she likes the hands-on experience she gets working with different breeds of horses from all walks of life. Sloane was drawn to the field of reproduction because of the foals. She does however find the science behind reproduction very interesting. Once she graduates, Sloane wants to specialize as a mixed animal vet and do both large and small animals. In her free time, Sloane enjoys reading, gardening, baking and breaking horses.

Chelsie Shackelford is a student at Kansas State University. She likes being at Peterson & Smith because she really enjoys working with the foals and all their different personalities.  She really enjoys the opportunity to be able to learn from real life experiences. Chelsie was drawn to this field because she loves working with horses, learning about reproduction and she wants to continue learning more about overall animal health. She has always had an interest in veterinary medicine, so working at Peterson & Smith has helped her put all three of her interests into one. When she’s done here, she would like to specialize in equine medicine but she is still open to other fields. When she’s not working, Chelsie loves to be outside, riding her horses, kayaking, fishing/hunting and helping with household projects.

Amanda Fox is a student at the University of Florida. She likes being at Peterson & Smith because she really enjoys the atmosphere and the hands-on opportunity that each student gets. Amanda was drawn to this field because she wanted to broaden her horizon by learning about a new field that she knew little of prior to this experience. Amanda would like to specialize in small animals but really wanted this equine opportunity in order to solidify whether or not she wanted to stick with small animals. In her free time, Amanda likes to travel, sketch, play piano and play tennis.

Casey Langley was a student at the University of Tennessee. She graduated in December 2013 and just accepted an offer to attend the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine starting in the fall. Casey likes being at Peterson & Smith because of the many responsibilities and opportunities they are given daily to further their learning and skills, horse management, handling and reproductive techniques. Casey was drawn to this field due to all of the animal science courses she had taken in reproductive technologies. She has also always had a curiosity and desire to learn about horses that stems from a young age. Casey looks forward to specializing in large animal medicine. In her spare time, Casey likes to cook, run, hike, hunt, fish and spend her warm days on the lake.

Jessica Zehr is a student at the University of Mississippi. She likes being at Peterson & Smith because of the countless opportunities to see different procedures that are done, up close and personal, and having the opportunity to help the veterinarians. Jessica was drawn to this field because while she has had experience working with full grown horses, she was interested in learning how to work with newborn foals, as well as the reproductive side of the equine industry. Jessica doesn’t quite know what she wants to specialize in but she does know she loves working with horses! When she’s not working, Jessica loves working on her photography and baking.

Brittany Pate is a student at the University of Florida. She is in her senior year and plans to apply to veterinary school in October. Brittany likes being at Peterson & Smith because of the opportunity to experience so many different aspects of equine reproduction. In any given day she could assist hands-on with procedures from embryo flushes, embryo transfers, and oocyte aspirations to stallion collections, palpation checks and births. Her interest in this field was sparked in the classroom when she took Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology of Domestic Animals. She said it was the most interesting class she has ever taken. When she heard about this opportunity, she jumped at the chance. Brittany hopes one day to open a mixed animal practice in a small town in need of a veterinarian. It has always been her dream to move to a small town where she can get to know her clients and patients on a personal level and give back to the community. In her down time, Brittany likes to go camping, ride dirt bikes with her family, go hunting, playing guitar, snowboarding, wake boarding and spending time with her pony.

Katie Reeder is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has a BS in Animal Science. Katie likes being at Peterson & Smith because they are encouraged to do everything. She said she’s encouraged to look at ultrasound screens during exams to get a good understanding of the procedures and also the different stages of what is going on inside the animal. She likes that they are given a chance to actually look at the slides, given experience with ultrasound palpations, stallion collections and handling as well as more medical related issues such as medications, feet issues, parturitions and everything in between. Katie was drawn to this field because of her previous experience in reproductive veterinary fields.  Katie would like to be a large animal veterinarian. She loves cattle but says she wouldn’t be opposed to working with large/food animals. She doesn’t plan on specializing in just one field because she loves veterinary medicine and says it incorporates so many different aspects of production. When Katie isn’t at the ERC, she likes to run. Her goal is to run a half marathon in all 50 states!

Hospital Working Students

Michelle Wynn is a student at Argosy University where she is working towards a Master’s in Business Administration. She received her bachelor’s in Equine Studies from Virginia Intermont College and a degree in Veterinary Technology from Eastern Florida State College.  She likes working at Peterson & Smith because of the large hospital environment that combines multiple aspects of the equine industry. Michelle was drawn to this field because of her love for horses and her background in small animal veterinary medicine led her to pursue any opportunity to combine the two. Michelle is currently not seeking to specialize in any one aspect. When Michelle isn’t working, she enjoys archery, hunting, fishing and training for triathlons.

Desiree Tommasino is a student at Morrisville State College in New York. Desiree likes working for Peterson & Smith because of all the experiences and all the knowledge she gains from working with the doctors and techs. Desiree is currently studying equine rehabilitation and since this is where horses come before rehabilitation, this is what drew her to this field. She is also planning on becoming a certified vet tech in New York and the knowledge she gains from this experience will help her get her certification. Desiree is planning on pursuing a career in rehabilitation or sports medicine. She wants to be as well rounded as she can in the equine industry so she can work anywhere when she is done. In her spare time, Desiree likes to spend as much time as possible with her horse. She loves to go riding or even just be in his company. Desiree also likes to spend time with her friends and hang out at the fire house where she volunteers at in New York.

Rachel Mikrut is a student at Morrisville State College as well. She loves working at Peterson & Smith beacuse of the wide variety of treatments they are allowed to perform. Being here is preparing her for vet tech school in the fall. Rachel has been involved with horses since she was 6-years-old. She enjoys all aspects of the equine industry because she believes they all cross paths at one point or another. Eventually, Rachel would like to work at an equine clinic or hospital that also offers some form of rehabilitation. She also hopes to do some training with hunters and western pleasure on the side. In her free time, Rachel likes to ride and show her horse and train other horses. She also enjoys reading, hiking and volunteering at therapeutic riding centers or at Serious Fun camps for chronic and terminally ill children. 

Ambulatory Working Students

Ethan Rogers graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in animal science in the fall of 2013. Ethan enjoys working at Peterson & Smith because of everything he has learned like doctor-client relationships and running a successful business. He has had the opportunity to meet a lot of people and made a few friends. He really enjoys working with a veterinarian that specializes in reproduction because he gets to interact with foals on a daily basis. Ethan was drawn to this field because he has always had a soft spot for animals and being in this profession offers enough challenges to keep you on your toes day in and day out so it is a perfect fit for him. Ethan is hoping to get into veterinary school in the future but is trying to keep an open mind on what to specialize in. He said reproduction is rapidly moving towards the top. In his spare time, Ethan loves sports, running and exercising. He has recently injured himself so he is now perfecting his skills in the kitchen!

Alexis Hansen is attending Morrisville State College in New York and will be attending SUNY Delhi in August. Alexis likes working at Peterson & Smith because she gets to put her knowledge to work and see things first hand. She also loves our clientele. She said they are wonderful people and some of the horses that she gets to work with are incredible and stoic. Growing up, Alexis always had a lot of animals but it was the horses that intrigued her the most. After attending Morrisville State College in New York, and going through the equine program, she was sure she wanted to work with horses and be able to help them. Alexis will be getting her veterinary technician license in August and would love to work at an equine rehabilitation facility. In her free time, Alexis enjoys hanging out with some of the other working students from the clinic as well as getting out and being active. She enjoys playing volleyball and was actually a college athlete!

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