Meet Heather: The Veterinary Assistant Who Loves Black Cats

Heather is a veterinary assistant at Lake Station Pet Clinic.

I’m from Hobart, Indiana, a tight knit community founded on traditional values. From carnivals at St. Bridget Church to fall football games, my town always has something exciting going on. Plus, you always feel like you’re surrounded by family.

Veterinary assistant, Heather PettitWhen I was 18, I started my 10-year career as a brusher and bather at two different pet salons. My experience in pet grooming led me to Lake Station Pet Clinic where I’ve worked as a veterinary assistant for almost two decades. I’m happy to say that I recently became the manager of veterinary assistants.

I absolutely love working with animals. I especially enjoy hands-on tasks, such as taking blood, assisting with surgeries and x-rays, and answering clients’ questions about their pets. Cats are my favorite animal (especially black cats) and the best part of the job is getting to snuggle all the cats and kittens that we treat.

At home, I have a long haired black cat named Joshua. He’s a rescue with a big personality. Whenever somebody goes near the sink, he meows at them to turn the faucet on so he can drink from it. He’s a character like no other.

My family is wonderful and very into traditions. Every Christmas, my sister and I take turns “stealing” an ornament that once belonged to our grandparents and replacing it with something silly. It’s one of my favorite parts of the holiday. I also celebrate my German heritage by hiding a Christmas pickle around the house and gifting it to whichever one of my kids finds it first.

Like my actual relatives, I consider the Lake Station team to be family. The team is full of hard working people and it’s important to me that we all feel appreciated. We stay motivated by celebrating special occasions with fun activities like potlucks, birthday cupcakes, Secret Santa, and Secret Valentine. We even get together for bowling and movie nights. It’s a great way to relax and bond with one another outside of work.

What I like most about being part of the VetCor family is feeling supported and belonging to a larger group of people who love helping animals as much as I do.