A Vet Tech’s 'Tail'
Laura Cerruti '15
For Laura A. Cerruti '15, there is no such thing as an average day at the office.
As a licensed veterinary technician at Lakeside Veterinary Clinic in Tupper Lake, her job duties can vary widely from day to day. Some days, she’s assisting with surgery, while others she can be found answering phones, scheduling appointments or performing laboratory work.
Though her schedule can be demanding and hectic at times, she said the bond she has developed with the animals and their owners makes it all worth it.
“Because we are such a small clinic, we get to know our clients very well,” she said. “You can tell there’s a trust between the animals and our staff. It’s one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.”
Life as a veterinary technician isn’t for the faint of heart. However, the instruction she received while pursuing an associate degree in Veterinary Science Technology prepared her well for the real world.
“The program included a lot of hands-on training, which was extremely valuable when I was hired as a veterinary assistant while still pursuing my degree,” she said. “I learned so much from all the professors, particularly Dr. Mary O’Horo- Loomis [`76] and Dr. Anthony Beane.”
“The program included a lot of hands-on training, which was extremely valuable when I was hired as a veterinary assistant while still pursuing my degree.”
Professor Loomis remembers Cerruti as a conscientious student who was passionate about working with animals. “She had a parttime job, commuted from the Adirondacks and still managed to have one of the highest GPAs in the class,” she said.
Cerruti’s hard work paid off when she received two scholarships—the Allan P. and Catherine Barnett Newell Endowed Scholarship and the Bridge to Success Endowed Scholarship—to help offset her tuition costs.
“The scholarships were a huge help, because I was paying out of pocket for school.”
Cerruti said the scholarship assistance she received is just one of the many reasons why alumni support to the College is so crucial.
“For me, giving back to SUNY Canton is important because my gift could help a hardworking student who is trying to pursue an exciting new career, like myself," she said.