It’s their job: College student learning about his selected field

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

Justin Jones is kennel manager, veterinary technician and receptionist at Caprock Veterinary Clinic

Jones was born in Dallas, but spent the vast majority of his life in Portales. He is majoring in biology with a pre-medicine emphasis at Eastern New Mexico University with hopes of becoming a veterinarian.

How long have you been on the job? Two years.

Why did you choose this job? Because it’s basically the profession I’m going into. I’m going to school to be a veterinarian. Start at the bottom and work up.

What training do you need for this job? When I started, you just needed basic animal training. You need to be aware of everything around you, making sure the dogs look healthy and well cared for, asking a lot of questions of the vets.

What does your job entail? I feed the dogs, take care of the sick ones. I do medications. I help assist some surgeries.

What is a typical day for you? It’s really just getting a groove in the day. Every day’s different, so you just go with the flow.

What do you most enjoy about this job? I like watching the surgeries, learning new stuff. Dr. (Kathryn) Bartlett helps out a lot. Whenever I have a question of her, she has an answer. I love watching the animals. It’s good knowing you helped them out.

— Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Argen Duncan