Would you recommend Community Animal Network?
Working at the cat sanctuary under the Community Animal Network polished my skills and knowledge in caring for cats, both in the medical field, and for their daily care. I worked as a veterinary medical intern for six months with the Community Animal Network's director Diana Pfaff-Martin. While there, I learned, and performed simple veterinary procedures such as giving subcutaneous fluids for dehydrated cats, giving pill medications, topical ointment application for skin cancer in a cat, and insulin injection for diabetic cats.
Thanks to Community Animal Network, I was able to land a job, and work as a Veterinary Assistant with one of Orange County's Feline Specialist at the Cat Clinic. The experience, and knowledge that Community Animal Network provides is great, and very useful for people who are wanting to work in the animal field.
Throughout my time volunteering at the sanctuary, I have gained knowledge and experience working with and handling cats. Everyday I learned something new about a medicine or a disease. For example, I was taught how to administer Clavamox, Prednisolone, Profender, Advantage, Metronidazole, and skin cancer treatment. I now know how to give a pill to a cat orally, use a syringe to administer liquid medicine, draw blood to test glucose levels, clip a cat's nails, clean kitty acne, and how to make cats happy by positioning pillows vertically when making a bed. I was taught about different diseases and conditions, the causes of the diseases, and their treatments such as hotspots, flea anemia, stomatitis, forms of spondylosis, and spinal stenosis. I was given the chance to observe veterinary technicians work on multiple cats and observe a spay neuter surgery. I highly recommend this opportunity for someone who is serious about pursuing a future in the field of animal sciences.
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The Community Animal Network was a fantastic organization to work with. I came into this internship with zero knowledge of felines and now leave with numerous skills. The things I learned ranged from basic skills, such as cat handling, to advanced skills such as blood drawing. Not only did I learn different skills, I also learned about certain diseases and ways to treat them. DiAnna is basically a fount of knowledge; she taught me many tricks that every cat owners should know: one of which she called "making cats happy" which was to modify certain facets of their environment in order to please the cat to make it the happiest it can be. Although the daily tasks done at the cat sanctuary are hard work, I learned a lot from this internship. Seeing all the cats and getting to know them day in and day out made the work much more enjoyable. All in all, I would definitely recommend this internship to the aspiring vet/animal lover because the knowledge you will gain here is priceless.
On my first day of Volunteering for
"The Community Animal Network," it was like no other. DiAnna was all prepared and ready to go with teaching me, about how things work in the sanctuary. One of the very first things that I learned, was how to give pills to cats. DiAnna puts a great deal of emphasis on how to give medication. DiAnna was very hands on, showing me how to open their mouth, where to place the pill inside the cat's mouth, etc. Through all of it, DiAnna was encouraging, telling me it just gets easier with practice. I am actually pretty good at it now!
Apart from doing litter boxes and giving pills, I learned a lot of life-saving techniques. At one point, a older cat, Kiki, was in his last few weeks of life. Kiki needed to be given fluids and be forced fed. As a high school student, I had never given a cat fluids.