In 2014, my family went on a vacation to Mexico to visit my Grandpa. When we were there, we saw so many stray dogs and I could not help but want to bring one home. When our vacation was over my Grandpa called a few weeks later and said he had found a dog. This was the photo he sent to us. How could anyone say no to this amount of cuteness. Luna was found in a ditch with no mom or litter mates around. She was covered in ticks and in very poor health. She was approximately six weeks old. Luna became a part of my family in June 2014.
Luna came everywhere with my family because we wanted her to be well socialized with people and other dogs. She excelled at watching my brothers baseball practices! Socialization is very important at a young age to help prevent unwanted behavioural issues such as food or toy aggressions and fear and anxiety towards other dogs. Because we made socialization a focus with Luna, she is a very well mannered dog that is able to go many places easily and without worry with her family.
My name is Ashlyn and ever since I was a kid, I wanted to work with animals. I grew up on a small farm north of Edmonton with my two brothers. We raised cattle for a while but moved into purebred breeding meat goats. I have three small dogs, that I love dearly, we also have some cats, horses, and larger dogs on the farm.
I graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Lakeland College in the spring of 2020. The end of my college career didn't go quite as planned when Covid hit the world. I finished the last week of classes online and took my final exams at home. The benefit of finishing up that way was that I was ready for the workforce sooner. When Stone Ridge Veterinary Services was in need of an AHT I was able to start working while studying for my Veterinary Technology National Exam. The Edmonton testing facilities were closed due to Covid so I had to travel to Calgary to take my exam. I proudly passed with flying colours in September and became a Registered Veterinary Technologist.
In the field of veterinary medicine, my interests, so far, consist of Fear Free, small animal dentistry, nutrition, and rehabilitation. I am committed to learning more on all these topics as I develop my skills and look forward to sharing some things I learn along the way.
Outside of work, I like kayaking, skiing, and fishing. My favourite dish is shrimp alfredo pasta. I strongly dislike spiders and orange flavoured candies.
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