Serving, teaching, and learning
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.
“The best part of the day is knowing my presence has helped an animal in whatever way I can. Whether it’s getting them to eat a meal, comforting them, or collecting lab samples that will lead us to a diagnosis,” says Kristy Bousquet (she/her/hers).
Bousquet joined Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine nine years ago. She spent the first eight years as a veterinary technician in the in-patient care nursing wards and the past year as a special procedures technician.
From a young age Bousquet knew she wanted to work with animals. She earned both a B.S. in zoology and certificate in veterinary technology from Michigan State University. Bousquet is a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) in the state of Michigan and a certified veterinary technician (CVT) in Massachusetts, and Fear Free Level 2 Certified.
After gaining experience in the field at MSU’s teaching hospital, as a zookeeper at the Indianapolis Zoo, and at a small animal general practice clinic, Bousquet decided to continue her career in medicine at a university. She also wanted to live closer to family in New England, which led her to Cummings School.
“I enjoy working in academia and being around people in various stages of their learning—to see coworkers gain new skills and to watch the interns and residents grow more comfortable in their abilities,” she says. “I also really like teaching skills and seeing others excited to learn and grow. Being a technician, I am hands on with the patients while also working with students and young doctors.”
As the special procedures technician for the Internal Medicine Department at Foster Hospital, Bousquet assists with feeding tube placements, bone marrow aspirations, joint taps, and all forms of endoscopy, including upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, cystoscopy, rhinoscopy, and bronchoscopy.
“The nerd in me also enjoys seeing the more challenging cases, and I learn something every day. These animals have a better chance to recover due to the specialty departments we have under one roof.”
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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 and Assistants.
Department:Foster Hospital for Small Animals