Jenny Santiestevan - Veterinary Technology Program
While attending Virginia Tech for a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, I began working as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic. This sparked my interest in pursuing a career as a veterinary technician. After graduating from VT in the spring of 2002, I began the veterinary technology program at NOVA and graduated in 2004. After receiving my license I worked in a variety of fields including general practice, surgery, internal medicine, and even managed a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. I always wanted to pursue a career in the conservation/science field, which lead me to the position I currently hold at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park as a biotechnician for the Center for Species Survival. My duties include assisting with reproductive exams, semen collections, artificial inseminations, cryopreservation, managing the genome resource bank and various other reproductive procedures. This position gives me the opportunity to combine my veterinary technician license with my interest in conservation and science. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, two dogs and cat.