Ingrid Houde


I have been a Certified Veterinary Assistant, working in the positions of receptionist, assistant manager and manager, for the past seventeen years.
I'm currently taking a break to raise my newborn daughter, but the vet world is always on my mind, so I decided to write about my experiences in the hopes of helping the next generation of Veterinary Assistants.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing every since I can remember, really. When I was a very young child, I would write poems for my grandmother, who encouraged me to express my creativity in written form.

In high school, even though my focus was on science, I found myself excelling in my English classes. I wrote essays and creative writing assignments quickly and with ease, and felt this was a good outlet for the creative side of me, away from the rigid math and physics courses I was taking.

In my twenties, I was drawn to writing again, taking a correspondence course to hone my skills and submitting articles to magazines, but my career kept me busy and I gradually left behind my writing.

It wasn't until I became a mother that the creative juices started to flow and I had time to look back on all of my experiences, and wanted to write about them, which brings me here!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have loved animals forever, and always wanted to make a career out of this passion I have for pets. I have been a veterinary assistant for almost two decades, and have seen many people come and go in this field.

It wasn't until recently that I really thought about my experiences in the veterinary field and how much I've learned along the way that could benefit those who are just starting out, like I was so many years ago.

My book, "Becoming A Veterinary Assistant" is not about the technical aspects of the job, but about dispelling myths and setting realistic expectations for people who don't know what it really takes to work at a veterinary clinic. It covers the vital information for succeeding within a career of veterinary assistance.
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Where to find Ingrid Houde online

Twitter: @inghoude
Facebook: Facebook profile


Becoming A Veterinary Assistant
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 32,510. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Office & Administrative Support
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Written by a seventeen year veteran of the field, "Becoming A Veterinary Assistant" is a must read for anyone looking to becoming a veterinary assistant/receptionist. This book contains vital information on where to start, where to work, and what to expect when employed in a veterinary clinic. Readers will be able to hit the ground running and excel in this fascinating field of animal care.

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