Welcome to the Good Pet Parent Blog! My name is Camille Schake, and I am a former Registered Veterinary Technician with a passion for all creatures, whether they walk, swim, crawl, or fly.
I have a deep love and respect for animals that has been with me ever since I can remember. Growing up in a quiet Ohio suburb, I was fascinated by two things: animals and medicine. While other kids my age were reading the collective works of Dr. Seuss, I was reading my mother’s medical terminology textbooks while carefully cultivating my prized collection of Breyer horses and stuffed animals (given the choice, I consistently tended to choose Winnie the Pooh over Barbie, although she did have an extremely cool horse).
After graduating from the Ohio State University with a degree in Sociology and a curriculum heavy in the biological sciences, I returned to school four years later to earn an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State. After graduation, I was fortunate to be able to join an excellent group of veterinarians in a small-animal practice just outside of Columbus, where I worked for several years as a Registered Veterinary Technician, getting to do all the fascinating things that I had only dreamed of while I was growing up.
Several years later, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where I began working in a different industry; however, my deeply-rooted passion for animals and medicine has always remained. Even after being away from a clinical practice environment for several years, I still receive calls from my family, friends, and colleagues asking for advice on interpreting their pet’s veterinary test results, how to best care for their aging cat, or tips on how to train a new puppy. I finally realized how helpful (and fun!) it would be to attempt to take all that information and experience inside my head and share it with other people…people who, like me, understand the inexplicable bond that can only be shared with an animal companion who spends every day by our side, through good and bad, and somehow still manages to love us anyway. 🙂
I hope the information presented in this blog will be helpful for you in better understanding and caring for your cherished animal companions. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions on topics you would like to discuss.
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Thank you, and Happy Tails!