Jessica: That's super cool. What got you into being a vet tech?
Alexa talks about what got her into being a Veterinary Technician
Alexa: I have always wanted to be in the animal field since I was a kid. It was just a matter of being a doctor or a nurse and once I was in the field, I realized that the nurses do all the cool things - we draw blood, we take X-rays, we do all the cool hands-on stuff, the doctor just shows up and kind of says what our work is just kind of based on what we do get the diagnosis and things of that nature, but we do all fun stuff.
Jessica: Yeah. All my nurse friends, they're busy all the time and whenever I go in, I always end up asking the nurse a bunch of questions because they know me, you know?
Jessica: Then it's like, alright, so this is what it is and they're like, "No, you don't know me."
Jessica: What's your cat's name?
Jessica: Oh! Is it a boy or girl?
Alexa: She's a girl.
Alexa: Hi, sweetie!
Jessica: That's cute.
Alexa: She likes ---
Jessica: Looks friendly.
Alexa: Yeah, she likes to be with me as much as she can and this is kind of fun. On my day off, I have one day off. This is kind of our time.
Jessica: Have you been super busy with COVID or have you?
Alexa shares their clinic’s operation during the pandemic crisis
Alexa: Yeah, it's been really interesting. We're operating on a process, not quite like drive-thru medicine but pretty close. Where we have our clients stay out in their vehicles in the parking lot and we come and collect. We collect the pets, we bring them into the clinic, we're not allowing clients in our clinics just because we want to minimize exposure and cleaning time and all of that so we bring the pets into the clinic, we form the exam, we do a lot of things over the phone - payments, all of that good stuff, and then we bring the animals back up to them.
Jessica: Okay. I have a pug, he gets in a lot of trouble and he seems to get into more trouble now that I'm home. I've been to the vet four or five times since the quarantine started. I was like, Hey, I didn't know you could do this, but you ate a plug.
Alexa: That's not surprising.
Jessica: Right? I am like Oh, no! I call the vet and they're like, Is it bigger than eraser? and I am like, It was a zero gauge and they're like, what does that mean?
Jessica: I'm like, I don't know. It's like a big eraser.
Alexa: A giant eraser.
Jessica: Imagine a really big eraser, should I be worried will he poop it out? So why don't you tell me a little bit about what led you to get piercings?
Alexa talks about what led her to get piercings
Alexa: When I was a kid, I don't remember specific individuals but seeing people with piercings and tattoos and thinking, Oh, that's so cool. I want to look like that and I am ironically afraid of needles but that's not super uncommon I found with piercings so that I tell myself like, tell not to. So I don't look when things are happening.
Alexa: When I got my septum pierced, I closed my eyes the whole time and my best friend came with me and she asked the piercer, which I actually did at Avanti was where my septum was pierced. I don't remember the piercer’s name, it was quite a few years ago but she asked, "Hey, do you mind if I take a picture?" And he said, "Oh, yeah, sure! No worries." And she showed me the picture later, she said, "Do you want to see the picture of the giant needle going through your nose?" "Sure, now that's not actually happening."
Jessica: You're like, okay.
Alexa: Yeah, no worries.
Jessica: Did it hurt for you getting your septum pierced?
Alexa: Not at all.
Jessica: Mine neither. I remember building it up in my head. I also got my septum pierced here, and I tilted up my head, and then it didn't hurt nearly as bad as my nostrils did and I remember just being like, Oh, that wasn’t too bad.
Jessica: It's like such an intense piercing because it goes through your nose.
Alexa: And the guy told me he's like, you have one of the best sweet spots I've ever seen and I was like, thank you and you're welcome.
Jessica: That's awesome. What was your first piercing?