Q&A with junior Eshan Selvan, veterinary assistant

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Q&A with junior Eshan Selvan, veterinary assistant

Eshan Selvan, veterinary assistant and junior, comforts a dog that went through a procedure. While Selvan assists in procedures like surgeries and examinations, he also works with animals before and after their procedures.

Eshan Selvan, veterinary assistant and junior, comforts a dog that went through a procedure. While Selvan assists in procedures like surgeries and examinations, he also works with animals before and after their procedures.

Eshan Selvan

Eshan Selvan, veterinary assistant and junior, comforts a dog that went through a procedure. While Selvan assists in procedures like surgeries and examinations, he also works with animals before and after their procedures.

Eshan Selvan

Eshan Selvan

Eshan Selvan, veterinary assistant and junior, comforts a dog that went through a procedure. While Selvan assists in procedures like surgeries and examinations, he also works with animals before and after their procedures.

Natalie Khamis

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When did you first know you wanted to work with animals?

Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to work with animals. I grew up watching “Animal Planet” and those types of shows, so I had the idea that working with animals was something that I wanted to do.

Would you want to pursue this as a career in the future?

I love being a vet assistant, but I don’t know if I would want to pursue it as a career. I don’t think (being a vet) is what I want to do. I would rather work with people, just because being a vet is a lot of physical work, and you work a lot with dogs and people. I want to hone in on working with people more than with animals.

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to work with animals and be part of the medical industry. I like the science part of being a vet, but I also like the practical side such as working with people and animals.

Eshan Selvan
Eshan Selvan, veterinary assistant and junior, performs a procedure on a dog. Selvan said he assists with surgeries and health exams and prepares vaccines and medications at Leo’s Pet Care.

What inspired you to be a veterinary assistant?

I always wanted to be a vet growing up. I knew that I wanted to work with animals and do something like that, so I called a bunch of places, found (Leo’s Pet Care Carmel, where) I could volunteer and started there. After a couple of years they offered me the job.

What was your most memorable experience?

My most memorable experience was my first surgery. I walked into the clinic and they told me that I would be watching the surgery. I could assist the doctor in getting the right tools. I was about 13 years old, so that was pretty memorable for me.

How do you balance schoolwork and your job?

During the summer, I work a lot more. During the school year, I only work one day a week. I work longer shifts during the summer for 10 hours a day, for two or three times a week. I am a morning person, so I can wake up really early in the morning and I’ll be fine to work from 8 a.m to 6 p.m.

 

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