Claire Pethick

Registered Veterinary Technician
Growing up in a home full of cats and dogs, my love of animals started from the moment I was born. I always knew I wanted to find a career involved with caring for animals, and I took some time narrowing down which path was best for me. After working here at Coxwell Animal Clinic for a few years, I started my schooling at Seneca College in the Veterinary Technician program and graduated in 2017. The time I spent in school greatly expanded my knowledge and my love for pets of all kinds, and I am excited to finally begin my career saving animals! When I was in high school, I took a summer co-op course, which gave me a few options of nearby veterinary clinics. I chose to come to Coxwell for my course, and absolutely loved it! At the end of my class, I was offered a part-time job as an animal care assistant beginning in 2012. After working as an ACA for a number of years, the team here became a second family to me. I left the clinic for just under a year to complete my second (and most stressful) year of college. At the end of my program, I quickly contacted the clinic in the hopes to come back here to rejoin the team as a technician - and I'm excited to be back! I am interested in the nutritional care of animals. There are numerous diets and brands of food on the market, and I am eager to learn of each of their highlights in order to help owners narrow down their search to the best ones suited for their pet. The aspect I love most about working in a clinic is being able to help our patients. Whether it is a really sick animal, or an animal coming in for a routine examination, it is nice to be able to be a part of that patient's care to keep them healthy or help them feel better. My absolute favourite thing about the clinic is how close the team is to one another. Every single person here has their own unique personality, and together we make up an amazing family. It's nice to work with such a great team who make the clinic a fun place to be. A small fun fact about myself would be that I come from a small, close-knit family who all share an intense love of animals. I currently have two cousins who are well on their way to becoming veterinarians, and an aunt who currently works as a receptionist in an animal hospital. Needless to say, we come up with quite interesting dinner conversation! My first ever pet was a grumpy cat named Thumper. He was a black and white scruffy boy who tested positive for FIV, which he likely contracted during his time as a stray. Once brought into our house, he learned his place among the other cats, and always showed just how thankful he was to finally have a place to call home. When Thumper passed away as an old man, he had known many years of unconditional love and always had a nice full belly.



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