Kimber explains WHY

My name is Kimber Warlick.

When asked to write my why, I simply told her it was because I do not know how to do anything else. She did not really like that answer, but in all reality it is true. I have been in veterinary medicine since I was 16 years old. However, my love for the four legged babies started long before that. I grew up in the town of Waynesville until I was 7 years old where I had always had dogs, cats, fish, and lizards, but when I moved to the country my animals got a little bit bigger. I was now able to have my own horses and cows. When I was in fourth grade, my Christmas gift from my mom and grandparents was a 2 week old Holstein cow that I would have to raise on a bottle. This is when my love for animals grew almost out of control some would say. I showed all kinds of livestock and was a proud member of the Haywood County 4-H Club for many, many years. That is where I met Christy McLean and Jori Miller. These two ladies would soon become a big part of my life and I had no idea. One year at the North Carolina State Fair I was invited to take a tour of the Animal Emergency Dept at NCSU where Jori Miller was a teaching RVT. She showed me around and gave me a very brief run down of everything she did. WOW!, I remember thinking. How awesome would it be to be able to care for all these animals I love so very much. After talking with Jori, I decided that I would pursue the Veterinary Medicine field.

In high school I was able to do an externship at a local clinic and then was hired as an assistant. After high school I registered for the Veterinary Technician Program at AB Tech and at Haywood Community College. At this point I wanted to know why I was doing what I was doing medical-wise for our patients, not just doing what was asked of me. After attending for 2 years, the dreadful word TEST kept being repeated over and over. This is one word that I absolutely FEAR. I told myself, I know why I am doing what is asked of me and the RVT at the end of my name is not that important to me. So I did not finish school. I had two human babies, left the veterinary field for a few years and tried other things for a while. In 2012 after having a second baby I decided I could not take it anymore and needed to be back in my comfort zone which was with animals. This is when I received a call from Christy McLean. the AHoW hospital manager at that time. She said they were hiring an RVT and wanted to know if I would like to come in for an interview. I let her know that I was not registered, but she invited me anyway. I did and have been here since. I absolutely love my job and the people I work with, but most of all I love all the animals I get to be in contact with on a daily basis. I get to love on them in every stage of life. The good times, the bad times, and sometimes the ugly times I enjoy them all. So I guess you could say my Why Is because I do not know how to do anything else. I do believe God gives you talents and working with animals is mine.

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