Veterinary Technician Success Stories


Danielle Riley

Danielle’s love of animals started with a box turtle when she was 5 years old. These days, her home has cats, frogs, snakes, tarantulas, and toads. She works at Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Aqua-Medic – an aquarium water tester. She also volunteers for Colorado Reptile Humane Society and as a tutor in Vet Tech. Danielle has taken Vet Tech’s embedded honors courses. “I’m here to learn about my career,” Danielle says. “Honors courses will help me be a better veterinary technician. I picked a topic I was interested in. It was really fun to do.” Her honors topic in Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II was feline inflammatory bowel disease. Required to write a 10-page paper, Danielle found the topic so interesting she wrote 30 pages.


Bill Squires

Bill earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Colorado State University in 1992, but struggled to find work in the field. He was working in restaurant management, which he had done in college, but eventually, he decided to get back to what he was passionate about. “I learned about FRCC’s Vet Tech Program and thought it would be a good way to combine my love of science and animals,” he says. Bill enrolled in 2007, and became an active member of the Student Veterinary Technician Association and a tutor. “I was excited. It was the first time in school I wanted to be involved.” After graduating in 2009, Bill landed in Portland, Oregon, where he works for Companion Pet Clinic. “Our clinic sees walk-ins only, so you never know what animals might come in. It’s always intellectually challenging.” A Colorado boy at heart, Bill may return one day and seek a role in clinic management or animal research. “I definitely recommend the FRCC program. The instructors are excellent and care about what they do. I wish I hadn’t wasted so much time getting there. ”


Senesa Stinebaugh

From real estate to veterinary sciences? For Senesa, becoming a veterinary technician after 10 years as a Realtor® was just going back to her roots. “I grew up in a small country town in New Mexico, working on our cattle ranch, and I always enjoyed working with animals,” she says. In 2003, she moved to Fort Collins, where she had a friend, and discovered FRCC. She started classes in January 2004. “The faculty were incredible. They went so far above and beyond. It really made it a great experience.” A recipient of the American Kennel Club/Hartz Veterinary Technician Scholarship and several single-parent scholarships, Senesa was eager to get involved—she even became president of the Student Veterinary Technician Association. After graduating in 2006, Senesa got a job at Animal Eye Center in Loveland, an ophthalmology specialty clinic. And in 2010, she landed her dream job at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Internal Medicine Department. Along with her regular duties, she supervises FRCC Vet Tech students doing their internal medicine rotations at CSU. “I was in their shoes not long ago, so I enjoy talking to them about FRCC. I’ve come full circle in that respect.”