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It was the winter break of my senior year of college, and instead of visiting a foreign country or sleeping in every day, I thought it would be beneficial to get some experience that would help me figure out the next chapter of my life.  Fortunately I had a friend with a connection at PulseVet, and when I approached them they thought it would be a great idea for me to spend a couple weeks interning with them over the break. I am from a small town in Virginia and do not travel much, nor do I travel by myself, so this was a little intimidating, but– I soon became very excited for this opportunity and a couple days after Christmas, I ventured out and made the 8-hour drive to Atlanta alone!

I did not know a single soul at PulseVet — or in Atlanta, for that matter, but that did not stop me from investing in my professional development.  Being a business and equine studies major, I was interested in combining my academic experience with my love of horses, and PulseVet was a perfect fit.

While my friends were making their New Year’s plans, I was worrying about what I should wear on my first day of work. I was nervous walking into the office, but this feeling soon went away after I was welcomed by all of the PulseVet employees!  I was very eager to learn how their shock wave device worked, and what the Brand Manager, Katie, did on a day-to-day basis.  Over the three weeks that I was at PulseVet I completed a section in their newsletter, created prospect and new customer information packets, completed data analysis projects, and assisted in packing for upcoming trade shows. I had experience with a couple of small businesses, but I knew that there was a lot of room for me to learn and gain more experience that I could use in the professional business world.

From helping with sales orders to stuffing envelopes, by far my favorite part was seeing first hand how a shock wave treatment was done.  It was great taking the knowledge that I had learned in the office and seeing how it was used in the field to help the horses we were treating.  It was eye opening to realize how many animals this technology helps all over the world.

Although I could have relaxed and wasted the month away, I chose to challenge myself and I met some incredible people along the way.  I gained appreciation for the veterinary medical industry and what PulseVet does.  This was a great experience to get out of my comfort zone with traveling to a bigger city and seeing what the real world has to offer. After break, I returned to Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, to finish my undergraduate degree.

I really enjoyed and benefited from my intern experience with PulseVet, and was thrilled to be offered an opportunity to join the PulseVet team full time upon graduation!  Now here I am — in my first week back at PulseVet. I am very excited to see what’s in store for PulseVet and my career here!

Written by: Taylor Patterson