Drew Lane is part of the surgery team at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. This former fisherman from Maine now resides in California, working alongside the skilled hand of Dr. Jana Norris and has found his home in the veterinary world. Drew recently became a Registered Veterinary Technician and we wanted to hear all about it!
Drew came into the veterinary field as most people do, wanting to find a sense of purpose in his work, with a company that held similar values. Drew graduated with a BA in Journalism from Messiah College in Pennsylvania. After graduation, he had been working in retail until he decided to pursue something he was passionate about—helping animals. He had been working as a veterinary assistant in a specialty referral hospital when he decided to further his career.
Why did he decide to become an RVT?
As a self-proclaimed overachiever, Drew wanted to get certified for something he adores. He is proud to have a degree and a certificate in two separate fields that interest him. He worked very hard to get to where he is today, telling us “you have to go through a two year program at an AVMA accredited college for the technician program, completing two years of school and one semester of field work. I was working 40 hours a week plus going to school.” After completing the program, one must to apply to take two separate tests. Once the application has been approved, it’s time to take those tests (which each cost close to $300.00)! The state test requires knowledge of state law, and the national test encompasses nursing, anesthesia, dentistry, surgery, microbiology, pharmacology, and diagnostic imaging. Once the exams are passed, it could take a few weeks to receive the certificate. Drew also holds an Anprolene® certification, which means he is qualified to use Anprolene®, a sterilizing agent, to clean and sterilize medical tools and equipment.
What is Drew’s favorite animal?
Geriatric pugs! Drew loves, as he affectionately puts it, “crusty old pugs.” In his eyes, “older animals have a ton of emotional energy, even though they may not have the same physical energy.” Drew adopted his first little old man when he was working at a clinic in Pennsylvania. The police had found a loveable senior pug, abandoned in a parking lot and suffering from heat stroke. They took him to the vet, where after a few days in the hospital the pug, now named Dug, won Drew over. Dug lived the sweet life with his new dad for over a year before saying goodbye.
What does Drew like most about being an RVT?
He likes seeing all of the advances made in veterinary medicine in just the past fifteen years and really likes specialty medicine. As a vegetarian, Drew has very strong feelings about animal rights, and feels at home working in a place where he can “take care of animals that truly need help.”
Any tips for aspiring veterinary technicians?
“Ask questions if you don’t know something because you will always have intelligent people around you and ask for hands on experience. Challenge yourself!”
Between finishing school, his regular work schedule, and being on-call for emergencies, its surprising Drew has had any time to relax! What does this busy bee do to unwind? It should come as no surprise that this animal lover’s favorite place is the house of mouse—Disney! When Drew lived in Florida, he visited Disney World about a dozen times. Now that he lives here, he goes to Disneyland at least twice a week! Drew even has an Instagram account dedicated to all things Disney, including some amusing mishaps. Ever the well-rounded individual, Drew also enjoys the theater, landscape photography, and outdoor activities. We are so excited to congratulate another staff member who has made the choice to further their education, continues to uphold our principles, and who is an all around kind, intelligent, and dedicated person. Congratulations, Drew Lane!
We tip our hats to the other ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital employees who became Registered Veterinary Technicians this year – Kristen Cervantes, Gabe Esparza, and Dani Meyer – congratulations on achieving your goals!