- October 2020
Animal Health Technician
College of Veterinary Medicine
Years in position: 3
Years at MSU: 3
As a Certified Veterinary Technician, or CVT, in the shelter medicine program at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Paula Morgan has many different roles and responsibilities. Her main goal is to provide spay/neuter services to local animal shelters and rescues. She evaluates animals for examination prior to surgery and manages medical records daily.
“I administer medications, vaccines, and sedation to the patients and prepare them for surgery,” Paula said. “I also try to teach and assist the vet students and vet tech students when an opportunity rises.”
Paula has always been passionate about caring for animals in need. She enjoyed the show “Animal Cops” on Animal Planet when she was little and was mesmerized by the different cases and staff members. That fascination pushed her to work hard throughout college.
She had a clinical rotation with the shelter medicine program during her senior year at Mississippi State. That experience shaped her career path as a vet tech.
“One of my favorite memories here so far is watching students get attached to the animals and making the decision to adopt them, knowing that every animal has a chance,” said Paula.
Her advice for students interested in this career is to find a position where they have supportive and understanding colleagues and teammates.
“When working with different shelter and rescue groups, we might come across some issues of overcrowding and overpopulation, or some of the animals have a troubling history,” said Paula. “The desire to save them all can be overwhelming, stressful, and emotional. With the right resources and constant hands-on education for the students and community though, changes can be made.”
When she is not at work, Paula enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, Pumpkin and Buckshot. She also likes to read, draw, and create watercolor paintings.