It’s their job: Victor Baca

Name: Victor Baca

Job: Owner and pharmacist at Village Pharmacy

Background: Baca is from Portales but attended college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Time on job: 26 years

What does your job entail? I do everything from filling prescriptions accurately to counseling patients on which medications to take — both for over-the-counter products and prescription products. I also make calls to insurance companies on behalf of patients for billing purposes and keep computer records for physicians. I am certified to perform vaccinations as well.

What is a typical day like for you? We bounce between checking and filling prescriptions and completing all I mentioned earlier. I make and answer phone calls from patients and physicians.

Why did you choose this job? I wanted to cut my schooling short. I did not want to continue to medical school. I felt like I was getting too old, and I wanted to do something other than school.

What type of training is needed for this job? One would need two years of pre-pharmacy classes, including biology, chemistry and math. I obtained minors in all three. Four years of professional courses in pharmacy as well as internships and clinical rotations are also needed. You have to have a degree in pharmacy from an accredited pharmacy school in the United States.

What do you most enjoy about this job? Getting positive feedback from patients and what we have done for them and when people call us and thank us for our help.

— Compiled by PNT correspondent Blake Downs