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Karen Sandle, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences


What is your education and background?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration and Spanish from Iowa State University.  After working in foreign exchange and money markets for five years in San Francisco, I moved to Rochester.  I discovered the profession of veterinary technology and Medaille College in Buffalo.  In true circle of life style, I found myself back in college, pursuing my passion for animals, and earned my AS in Veterinary Technology in 1991.  I managed the surgery department of a veterinary specialty and referral center here in Rochester until 2013 when I found myself back at Medaille, this time as Director of the AAS in Veterinary Technology program in Rochester.

Tell us about your typical work day…

Meetings, phone calls, and networking – oh my!  Seriously, the majority of my days thus far have involved overseeing the development of this new program, as well as preparing for our AVMA accreditation visit.

What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

It may sound cliché but it’s actually kind of selfish – I enjoy giving back to Medaille.  My goal is to provide my students the same educational training and experiences I was given by members of the Veterinary Technology program when I was a student.  Thank you Dr. Joe, Val and Ellie – they were there when I was a student and are still helping me!

What are your interests and hobbies?

Non-animal related = Skydiving, kung fu, and hiking (the latter does involve animals since I bring my dog hiking with me, despite the fact he is somewhat reluctant to carry his food and water in his little backpack)

Animal related = volunteering locally and in Jamaica with Friends of Ferals and International Spay/Neuter Network

If you could eat dinner with one famous person, who would it be?

Don Miguel Ruiz, who wrote “The Four Agreements”.  I am fascinated by these four principles – so simple yet so challenging to implement daily.

Are you a morning or night person?

Morning, partly because no one could sleep through the breakfast revelry my dogs provide at sunrise.  This early awakening, in turn, prevents me from being a night person.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

The Wudang Temple, Hubei Province of China.  It is the birthplace of the style of kung fu I study.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you like to have with you?

My dog, flint, and lots of Chapstick!

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