We Hire EVIT: Seville Veterinary Hospital
Posted on 12/14/2017
EVIT Veterinary Assistant alum Chloe Chaidez and Practice Manager Gary Espinoza at Seville Veterinary Hospital
Gilbert’s Seville Veterinary Hospital is playing a direct role in shaping the workers it needs by hiring EVIT Veterinary Assistant students after they complete externships.

“We like to get that student and mold them to our standards,” said practice manager Gary Espinoza.

The veterinary field is one of many industries that rely on the East Valley Institute of Technology to supply them with skilled workers. EVIT provides career training in over 40 programs such as aviation, 3D animation, cosmetology, construction and much more. Training is tuition-free for East Valley high school students; adults pay tuition, with financial aid available for those who qualify.

The two-year Veterinary Assistant program is offered exclusively at EVIT’s growing East Campus at 6625 S. Power Road in Mesa. In their first year, students learn animal anatomy and physiology, hands-on skills and advanced assisting concepts. Externships are the focus in the second year as the students apply their knowledge and acquire skills by working at local animal shelters, veterinary facilities and equine centers.

Espinoza said the EVIT externs at Seville have worked out so well that he plans to ask for more resumes soon from EVIT’s Veterinary Assistant program.


Gilbert's Seville Veterinary Hospital hires EVIT alum


Chloe Chaidez graduated from Gilbert High School in 2016 and completed the EVIT vet program last May. Although she completed her externship at another facility, she was hired soon after that by Seville, where she assists with veterinary procedures, monitors surgeries, and also walks, feeds and bathes the animals that are boarded there. At the same time, Chloe is taking classes at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and plans to go on to Arizona State University. Her goal is to become a veterinarian, so she appreciates being able to work in that field while going to college.

While EVIT gave her a basic foundation in veterinary assisting, the on-the-job training she has gotten at Seville has provided her with additional, valuable experience, she said. Seville is a full-service animal hospital providing wellness care, vaccinations, acupuncture, rehab, dentistry, surgery and boarding. It’s a great place for a budding veterinarian to learn important and sometimes difficult lessons.

“I’ve learned how to go into a room and talk to clients,” Chloe said.

That’s not as easy as it sounds, especially when a client is faced with saying goodbye to a beloved pet that is being euthanized. “That’s one of the hardest things for students to learn,” Espinoza said. “But you learn it’s the gift we have in the veterinary field … to let them go peacefully.”

Most EVIT students hired by veterinary hospitals, clinics and shelters become certified as veterinary assistants by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America while still attending EVIT.  Chloe earned her NAVTA certification last spring.
Such industry certifications are important for anyone preparing to be a veterinary assistant, Espinoza said. “We want to bring the level of quality service up. For the betterment of the veterinary field, (certifications) are definitely something we look for. As an employer, it also shows us some commitment that they already accomplished something to be here.”

Nearly every EVIT program prepares students to earn industry certifications or licenses. EVIT students also have a 98 percent high school graduation rate and two out of three go on to college. 

Enrollment is under way for the 2018-19 school year. Information: www.evit.com.

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Seville Veterinary Hospital hires EVIT alum
Gilbert's Seville Veterinary Hospital Veterinarian with EVIT alum Chloe Chaidez.

Gilbert's Seville Veterinary Hospital Veterinarian with EVIT alum Chloe Chaidez.

Gilbert's Seville Veterinary Hospital Veterinarian with EVIT alum Chloe Chaidez.

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