ABOUT ME
MY STORY AND QUALIFICATIONS

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Photo by: Sheila Drakeley Photography

Hi, I'm Jess Schwarz!

I'm a certified, bonded and insured pet care professional serving Suffield, Connecticut and the surrounding towns.

 

In 2015 I graduated from Becker College with a bachelor's degree in veterinary science and a minor in equine studies. In the same year, I passed the national examination to become a certified veterinary technician. Throughout my education, I had the opportunity to intern at small and large animal veterinary hospitals, a local zoo and several equine facilities (see my "resume" below for more info).

 

Ongoing education is something I value highly, so in 2020 I completed the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) certification course. I'm certified in pet first aid and CPR through ProPetHero and Rutgers Pet Care School. Most recently, I enrolled in the Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program in an effort to help reduce fear, anxiety and stress in the pets I care for.

I had the privilege of growing up surrounded by animals who taught me many valuable life lessons (like a cat who was practically a big brother and a stubborn Appendix Quarter horse named Hercules). My two dogs, Athena and Ares, remind me daily to love unconditionally, take time to relax and not take life so seriously. Reflecting on them has inspired me to serve the pets and humans of my community in the best way I can. Whether they have hooves, claws, paws, scales, feathers or fur, caring for your pet is my honor and passion. 

Want to take an even deeper dive into my story?

Visit my blog and read "The Story of a Sitter".

ProPetHero Cat and Dog First Aid and CPR Certified
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My "Resume"

 

Idexx Laboratories

(Medical Laboratory Technician III)

June 2015 - July 2021

The Zoo in Forest Park

(Internship / Zookeeper)

May 2014 - August 2014

Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement

(Internship / Stable Hand)

Periodically May 2013 - May 2015

Bay State Equine Rescue

(Internship / Stable Hand)

Periodically September 2013 - May 2015

Colchester Veterinary Hospital

(Internship / Small Animal Veterinary Technician)

May 2013 - August 2013

Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital

(Internship / Large Animal Veterinary Technician)

May 2012 - August 2012

Lenfest Animal Health Center

(Becker College Kennel Rotations)

Periodically 2011 - 2013

Epoch Farm Equine Dressage Training

(Resident Student / Stable Hand)

January 2010 - June 2011

End of Hunt Equestrian Center

(Stable Hand)

2007 - 2009

Second Chance Ranch Equine Rescue

(Volunteer Stable Hand)

March 2006 - September 2007