Medaille graduate Dylan Quataert, LVT at the Fort Worth Zoological Garden in Fort Worth, Texas, recently penned a lengthy letter discussing his Medaille experience, his internship at the Buffalo Zoo, and finally, his acceptance of a veterinary technician position at the Fort Worth Zoo. He also highlights some of the professors and fellow students who made his success possible. Here are a few excerpts from Dylan’s letter.

There are not enough words in the English language to describe everything I want to put into this letter in order to convey the amount of happiness and success I am able to enjoy today thanks to every one of you.

Since I was four years old the only thing I ever wanted to grow up to do was work in a veterinary hospital. I was determined to work in the vet hospital of a zoo. Originally I wanted to be a veterinarian, so for the next 14 years I did everything in my power to get to that point. Well … at some point I had to be realistic with myself. I was not a straight A student and enjoyed my social life a little too much. “OK Dylan, what else can you do to still work in a vet clinic?

I had never heard of veterinary technician before I was 18, but after doing my research it was like I had a life raft thrown to my sinking dream. The time to apply for schools came around and I only visited two institutions, SUNY Canton and good ol’Medaille College. I went with the latte,r and a few months after applying, I got that acceptance letter into Medaille.

[By the time I made it to] senior year, I was working three part-time jobs, an internship at the Buffalo Zoo, and an apprenticeship as a farrier, all while I was still a full time student. And you know what? IT WAS ALL WORTH IT!

In the middle of February I was offered the veterinary technician position at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas. I did it. Every single thing I did from the time I was four years old to the day I was offered that position was worth it. EVERYTHING HAD PAID OFF.

The veterinary technician program at Medaille is unlike anything anyone will ever experience in their lives. This is because of the staff who guide students like me, and set us on the path to success. Every single class that I took at Medailleand every teacher that ever took the time to teach me not only shaped me into the veterinary technician that I am today, but the man I am. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! The hours upon hours of planning and meeting and coordinating that it takes to run the vet tech program at Medaille is nothing short of a miracle, and I don’t think enough people say this to every one of you. So again, thank you so much for absolutely everything that you all do. The intention of this letter is to let you know that despite all that stress and trouble, you have all succeeded as teachers. Your student has gone on to be successful and live his dream every single day.

Dylan Quataert, LVT

Fort Worth Zoological Garden



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