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Kati Santiago

Kati Santiago

A little bit about myself… I was born and raised in Northern Nevada in a small ranching community. We always had animals of all kinds – dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and sheep. The family next to us raised mink, chinchilla, pheasant, quail, and milk cows which I also helped to care for, and my grandmother had a huge old land tortoise, a skunk, some really mean geese, and a duck. Growing up in that atmosphere was amazing – always something interesting to do and learn. I don’t ever remember not wanting to work with animals.

Because life sometimes dictates to you, I worked for stock brokerages for many years, went on to obtain my Paralegal Degree, and FINALLY my Veterinary Technician degree. I graduated with honors in July of 2010 from Broadview University. One of my required classes for school was to serve an externship. I choose to serve this at Central Valley Emergency and Veterinary Hospital. I absolutely loved being there. As luck would have it, they liked me too and when I graduated they asked me to stay on. I was honored to do so, and was equally as happy to stay on and become one of the Holladay Veterinary Hospital technicians. I am thrilled to work with such amazing veterinarians and fellow technicians. I learn something new every day and that can’t be beat.

Although I got a late start in the veterinary world, I always had a house full of animals and pets. I’ve had 15 cats, not counting the barn kitties, and 13 dogs, 8 salt-water fish, a donkey named Sugar, 3 horses – Cherokee, Honey and Chho, and 2 Budgies in my lifetime, so far. Besides being companion animals, my dogs and I have enjoyed training for K-9 Agility Trials and Obedience, making many great friends. I also work closely with a fabulous rescue group called “Canines with a Cause” (CWAC). They rescue capable, healthy, loving dogs from shelters, train them, and place them with a Veteran of War. CWAC recently started a project of rescuing these dogs and placing them with female inmates in the Utah Correction system and having the woman train the basic manners. A win/win/win situation – the dogs, the inmates, and the veterans all win.

My next adventure is to have my own rescue focusing on senior dogs.