Ellie S.

Animals have always helped me on my mental health journey. They always seem to understand and comfort in ways humans can’t. My mother is RN Nurse at the VA and I wanted to also work in the medical field, then through a friend, I was encouraged to apply at Coyne. Now not only am I working a dream job with animals, but I also hope to become a Vet Tech so I can help on a more medical side.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would have to go with a Panda! I have always loved pandas. When I was adopted as a baby I was given a panda stuffed animal. I still have him on my bed today. Pandas are goofy, lazy, and adorable creatures. I’d love to take a big nap on a cozy panda bear.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a dog named Charlie who is always ready to cheer me up when I need it, and a fish named Excalibur who is very good at hind and seek.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding part about working with animals is that they all tell a story. You as the interpreter of the story have the chance to really dig deep and feel the emotions that they give off in a very empathic way. Animals can’t always help themselves so they look to their hoomans and us to help get them back to normal. Seeing the attitude adjustment or change in energy, it’s almost like meeting a whole new happier, and healthier version.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I’m not doing boring homework, I like to watch anime, play video games, and do something artistic. That could include drawing, sculpting, or playing guitar with my dog Charlie.
What causes are you most passionate about?
– The Jane Goodall Institute
– Best Friends Animals Society
– Act To Change
– The Trever Project