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Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week
A smiling woman wearing eye glasses and a hat sitting on the ground holding a dog with fall foliage trees in the background.
Diagnostic Imaging Veterinary Technician Emily Perry enjoys the fall foliage with her adopted chihuahua, Melody. Credit: Lily Raven Photography

October 17-22, 2022 is Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week. This week, we will be featuring stories showcasing the veterinary technicians at our clinics and hospitals. 

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school,” admits Emily Perry (she/her/hers). “I was like a lost puppy!” When her now sister-in-law began studying to become a veterinary technician, Perry found her calling too.

“I’ve always been an animal lover, but never thought about making it my career,” she recalls. “I attended school with her and never looked back.” 

Perry earned both an associate degree in veterinary technology and bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from Becker College. Before joining the staff at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, she spent six years as a manager and veterinary technician in canine rehabilitation at Canine New England (formerly The Canine Joint) in Walpole, Massachusetts, where she continues to work part-time.

For the past four years, Perry has honed her skills as a veterinary technician in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals. She works primarily in radiology and occasionally in ultrasound, mainly performing radiographs, as well as sedating patients, teaching students, monitoring vitals under sedation, and assessing and adjusting the radiograph’s positioning, as needed.

Perry often sees ZCAM (zoological companion animal medicine) patients, which she especially enjoys. Although she met and adopted her favorite patient prior to joining Tufts: a three-legged chihuahua named Melody, who cannot walk and cruises around in a hot pink wheelchair.

“I just love helping animals,” Perry says. “Even if my part in radiology is a small portion of their treatment plan, I find it quite rewarding.”

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Two masked women monitoring a dog

Do you have a passion for taking care of pets and the people who love them? Are you looking for a collaborative work environment where you can learn, teach, and grow? Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is hiring Veterinary Technicians.