As an integral part of the Central Animal Hospital practice team, Cassie was a vet assistant before joining the U.S. Army. After her time in the service, she picked up where she left off and became a tech. Reflecting on her time in the Army, she mentioned she felt it was more laid back than a civilian job, but when it was time to work the hours could be extremely long. Originally from Oklahoma City, she has been in Savannah for six years and joined the team at Central Animal Hospital earlier this year. She plans on getting her national certification to become a registered veterinary technician.
A few months ago Avey joined the Mueller Veterinary Service’s team as a technician. Avey served in the U.S. Army where she earned her vet tech degree, as a 3rd generation Army veteran she says that, “Having the military training, both as a vet tech and just as a soldier in general has set me forth on a path of opportunities many do not get in their lifetime and for that I’m so thankful.” The Army is the only branch of the military that has veterinary jobs, but there is a high drop out rate for vet techs who go through a 2-4 year vet tech degree curriculum in nine weeks. Avey shared that, “Many times people hear a story from someone who served and then assumes that is how everyone’s experience was, when in reality not one soldier goes through the same things for their entire service.”
During Dr. Benjamin Nappa’s undergrad, he joined the Army Reserves and was deployed for nine months. After graduating from Ross University he completed his clinical rotations at Cornell University. He joined the team at Bedford Greenwich Animal Hospital in 2020. Dr. Nappa says about his decision to join the Army Reserve, “I always had an interest in serving my country, even as a small child. But as I grew up, I realized I didn't want to make it my career. The Army Reserve allowed me the ability to serve, but also allowed me the chance to pursue a career that was not military based. The best of both worlds, in my opinion!”
To all of our Veterans, we thank you for your service.