Team Spotlight: Fiona and Argent

by | Nov 13, 2023 | Our Blog, Vet Hospital Henderson, Vet Hospital Las Vegas | 0 comments

  1. Hi Fiona! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Highlands Animal Care?
    1. Hi my name is Fiona Bennett, I am currently a veterinary assistant at Highlands Animal Care. I’ve always dreamed of helping animals and now I can finally do it.
  1. What inspired you to choose a bearded dragon as your pet, and why did you name him Argent?
    1. I was walking in a petstore one day and saw this Bearded Dragon sitting along in the corner of the cage. He caught my eye by being the only one who didn’t want attention. When the worker pulled him out, I knew that I was going to take him home. His name is Argent, how he got this name is because one of my favorite shows is Teen Wolf from MTV and one of the main characters’ last name was Argent. I felt like it fit him.
  1. Bearded dragons are fascinating creatures. Can you describe some of their unique characteristics and care requirements?
    1. Caring for a Bearded Dragon isn’t as difficult as some people think, they require certain lighting bulbs to maintain a certain amount of heat in their tanks. Adult Beardies mainly eat leafy greens, veggies and fruits, when they are juveniles they mainly eat insects. Every reptile is different, especially when it comes to things they like, personally Argent loves cuddling. Some say reptiles don’t know what that is or they don’t have feelings. One thing about Bearded Dragons that makes them so interesting is seeing the little things that they enjoy or when they get attitudes. Something unique about them is when they are being dominant towards something, you will see them bob their head up and down sometimes pretty fast. Now when another Beardie sees this dominant factor, they will actually start rotating their arm in a circle slowly, this will show they are submissive. 
  1. How did you first become interested in the veterinary field, and what led you to join Highlands Animal Care?
    1. I first became interested in the Veterinary field when I was just a little girl, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for all kinds of animals. I used to watch Animal Cops on a daily basis. My senior year of high school, I was in this business class and they had set me up with a vet clinic to shadow them for a day. I watched surgeries happen, some critical cases that came in. After that day was over I knew I wanted to be in this field. When I saw Highlands Animal Care’s job advertisement on Indeed, the vision, mission and values really caught my attention and made me want to be a part of that.
  1. As the spotlight team member of the month, can you tell us about any special initiatives or projects related to exotic pet care that you’ve been involved in at Highlands Animal Care?
    1. When I heard we will be seeing exotics at the clinic, I was very excited. I already have some basic knowledge about certain exotics but Jenny, our Practice Manager, showed me a website called Lafeber. They have all kinds of basic care information sheets with how to take care of them, cage requirements and diets for these reptiles. 
  1. What advice would you give to someone considering a career in veterinary medicine?
    1. Some advice I would tell someone coming into this field is that no matter what happens, the best feeling in the world is knowing you helped an animal that can’t speak for itself. You are their voice, their reason and you have the power to make them feel better when they are hurt, scared or sick. 
  1. What’s the most rewarding aspect of caring for pets, exotics and non-exotics?
    1. The most rewarding aspect of caring for pets, exotics and non-exotics is the happiness knowing that you gave them your all. You will get attached to those special ones, whether it’s an older pet coming in a few times here and there or if it’s a puppy/kitten and you’re with them as they reach adulthood. Knowing that you’re helping animals in their time of needs, playing with, and loving them as well.  

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