Never Too Late, Never Give Up

Feb 02 2021

Loving animals is one thing, but making your career as a caregiver for animals is another. That is when PCI student, Carla Harris, had an awakening.

Balancing a full-time job, being a fiancé, running a household, and having surgery that required the use of crutches post operatively did not stop Carla Harris from pursuing her dream of working with animals and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.

When her daughter was preparing for college, she received all types of correspondence through the mail about different secondary schools to further her education after high school. During her daughter’s search, Carla discovered a program for a Veterinary Technology education in Pittsburgh. Upon realizing that where she was enrolled didn’t fit her learning style, she investigated other options. She found the Pittsburgh Career Institute (PCI) and was able to transfer into PCI’s Vet Tech program to continue her education.

“I was happy with the transition and felt I made the right choice.” Carla said about enrolling into PCI’s Vet Tech program.

The more intimate atmosphere at PCI was exactly what she was looking for, and the hands-on nature of the learning process helped her prepare the most for her career as a Veterinary Technician.

“I liked working with real animals, getting things right the first time, the small class size, and my awesome instructors,” she said. Even though she was coming from a background of not knowing anything about the Vet Tech profession, her passion for animals had been part of her life since she was a child.

Much like a lot of our students, Carla wanted a career that made a difference in not only the lives of animals, but the lives of the people that have animals. That is what can be gained at the Pittsburgh Career Institute. The Vet Tech program trains students for real-world experiences through clinical instructions and in-depth lectures.

Carla was able to receive her certification as a Veterinary Technician and is working as a Vet Tech. Her advice to anyone interested in becoming a Vet Tech is to “hang in there, and never give up!” The Pittsburgh Career Institute is more than happy to help everyone achieve their career goals, like Carla did. It’s never too late if you never give up!

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