Melissa Slaughter

Melissa Slaughter

Veterinary Nurse


PetPartners USA

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
My mother died in my junior year and I failed half of my classes
I took twice the courseload the next semester to compensate for my failed classes
I graduated high school (despite everyone doubting me) with a 3.7 GPA
I had to drop out of college my second semester after trying to live in my car for a month when I lost housing aid
I got a new job in a new field.
I got promoted up to assistant manager at my new clinic
I left my old job due to being mistreated and had to leave two other jobs for the same issue.
I now work at a wonderful practice where everyone excels and treats others with respect.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Person High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Penn Foster College
Career

Career

Veterinary Nurse

I provide a wide range of nursing care to animals.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Medicine
Technology
Technology
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Obtaining medical history for several patients, performing an array of nursing duties including lab work, medication administration, and different types of technical procedures such as placing catheters.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Conferences, webinars, and just on the job training!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Find a practice that will let you volunteer. It’s best to see the daily life before you commit as the hours and work can be brutal!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"Why wouldn’t you want to be a doctor instead. "

Doctors serve a specific purpose, but being a nurse allows me to more closely connect with my patient and the other staff that I work with.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I struggle everyday to pay my own way and have been working to provide for myself and my family since I was 16. I have been able to live and thrive on my own since I graduated high school. I found a great career and now live in a comfy home of my own