Six recipients of scholarships from the animal protection charity, Amy’s Purpose, have begun a College of the Desert class to learn to become veterinary assistants, including one student with broader ambitions.
Rosemary Ramsey of Palm Springs works at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and has handled a variety of veterinary tasks, including animal intake, vaccines and spay and neutering. But she said in an application for the Amy’s Purpose scholarship, “I want to continue to learn more to help my shelter progress and create a better future for the animal community.”
Ramsey is one of 14 students taking the veterinary assistant class offered through COD’s Personal and Career Education (PaCE) program. The seven-month course includes remote and classroom learning culminating with hands-on externships at local veterinary clinics and hospitals. Tuition is $3,195 plus the cost of scrubs.
But Ramsey says she may want to continue her studies in veterinary care after completing the class.
A subsequent step is to train to become a registered veterinary technician, which requires an Associates of Arts or Sciences degree, passage of national and state licensing examinations, and a background check. Vet technicians supervise veterinary assistants for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and may perform emergency life-saving procedures under the indirect supervision of a DVM.
If Ramsey does continue her studies, she may find continued support from Nancy Joseph, principal of the Palm Springs-based boutique public relations and marketing firm, N.Joseph Marketing Communications.