Vet befriends Lansing pets
Kim Watkins knew she wanted to work with animals since she was in high school. A possible career in the medical profession initially sparked her interest, but she soon developed a passion for working with animals.
"I always knew I wanted to work with animals," she said.
From working with her favorite animals - dogs - to less common specimens like snakes, Watkins enjoys making a difference in the animal world.
"I like to help something that can't help themselves," she said. "And animals can't talk back, they just bite."
Watkins loves her job as a veterinary technician at Lansing Veterinary Hospital because she gets to work with animals, but another reason she likes her job is the convenience.
"I get to work on the same street that I live on," Watkins said.
Another perk of working in a veterinary clinic in Lansing is the relationships she gets to develop with the clinic's clients.
"I see people around and know what animals they have," she said. "My husband always tells me, 'More people recognize you than they do me, and I've lived here all my life.'"
It is this intimacy that has helped Watkins to appreciate working at the veterinary hospital.
"I have worked with several small practices since becoming a veterinary technician which are comparable, but because it is a small town I like getting to know people and their animals."
The friendships she develops with her clients and their animals also brings challenges, Watkins said.
"Euthanizing animals : is sometimes hard because I've seen them in our office for years, and I sometimes get attached," she said.
Name: Kim Watkins
Address: 815 Ida St.
Occupation: Veterinary technician at Lansing Veterinary Hospital
Graduate of: Winnetonka High School, Kansas City, Mo., and Maple Woods Community College veterinary technician program, Kansas City, Mo.
Family: Husband, Butch; son, Morgan, 2
What do you like most about Lansing? The people are friendly and the fact that everybody knows everybody.
What brought you to Lansing and how long have you been here? I moved from Independence, Mo., to Lansing nine years ago because my husband is from Lansing.
What would surprise people about you? I raise and show two Weimaraner dogs, Deville and Denali (we have a car tradition).
What is the best advice you have received? Go first; that way they don't have anyone to compare you to.