When she graduated from Romeo High School, Kate Race planned on pursuing a degree in political science or history, but her love for animals led her to Macomb’s Veterinary Technician Program instead.
“I just didn’t realize there would be so many science courses,” offers Race, who will graduate with her Associate of Applied Science Degree in May, “but I adapted.”
Race, 23, took classes for a couple of years at Macomb before realizing that she would need at least a master’s degree for any type of career in political science or history. She began looking at other options that didn’t require such a significant investment of time and money. The more she learned about the vet tech program, it seemed the perfect fit.
“I’ve always been passionate about animals,” says Race, who shares her life with a 10-year-old German shepherd mix and a one-year-old cat. “Macomb’s vet tech program gets a lot of great reviews. Although she searched a bit for a major, there was never any doubt in Race’s mind that she would begin her college studies at Macomb.
“I live in Armada and I didn’t want to go away to school,” says Race. “There are so many amazing programs at Macomb. Although I love history and had great professors, the occupational health programs are definitely good for those who don’t want to dig themselves into student debt.”
This past Valentine’s Day, Race joined other student volunteers from Macomb’s vet tech program at the Macomb County Animal Shelter to help groom some of the 50 plus dogs rescued from what police described as a “hording” situation in Sterling Heights. One of the puppies, in particular, captured Race’s heart.
“There was this lab puppy that was so sweet. He just seemed to appreciate that we had cleaned him up.” says Race. “I would have loved to adopt him, but my dog would be mad at me if I had brought him home. I’m hoping my brother will adopt him.” Although the situation at the shelter was sad, says Race, “I’m glad I was able to help.”
In addition to her vet tech classes, Race is also an intern at Shelby Veterinary Hospital. “I love it there,” she says, and would be very happy if offered a full-time job. Someday, however, Race intends to move to the lower part of the northern peninsula and open up her own dog training business. She has no doubt that Macomb’s Veterinary Technician Program has prepared her well.
“The faculty want what’s best for the students and for the animals,” says Race. “I’m glad this program sets us up for the real world.”