Rachel Weidele '11

Bachelor of science in veterinary science

When Rachel was a Becker College student, she completed internships at multiple sites, including Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Fort Myers, Fla., and the Mazunte Turtle Project in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Mazunte Turtle Project, an international program affiliated with the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Charities, Inc., brings together volunteers who, for 10 days, perform free small animal spay and neuter surgeries for the local population of stray dogs. This aids in the protection of turtle eggs and hatchlings, increasing the turtle population while reducing the number of stray dogs.

Rachel assisted with spay and neuter surgeries and performed routine surgical veterinary technician duties such as administering intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, venipuncture, intubation, surgical prep and scrub, and IV catheterization. She says that the opportunity was “life changing,” as she developed an appreciation for the protection of wildlife and endangered species, the Mexican culture, and the positive outcomes for the townspeople, the dogs, and the turtles.

Rachel looks forward to working as a veterinary technician and continuing her efforts for the protection of sea turtles. She is also interested in orthopedics and rehabilitation of both domestic animals and wildlife and plans to eventually teach at a university or college that has a pre-vet/animal science program.


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