My name is Leslie Guzman and I Dream to … work as a Veterinarian like Annette LePere. I was inspired to want to work as a veterinarian because, when I was 10 years old, my dad and I went to the park and found a hurt kitten. It seemed as if the kitten was bitten, so my dad and I decided to raise him. We named him Butterfly and although Butterfly ran away, I was proud to know that I raised him and helped him get better. Annette has encouraged me to try hard, never give up, and reach for my goals.
Q: When did you start getting involved in this career?
A: I volunteered at the LA Zoo in high school and Audubon Zoo in college. I also worked at different vet clinics in college.
Q: Where did you go for school?
A: SPHS (South Pasadena High School) ’94, Tulane University undergrad ’98, and University of Pennsylvania school of Vet Med 2002.
Q: Who helped you through these steps?
A: Parents encouraged me to volunteer. I also helped myself.
Q: Why did you choose to be this? What inspired you?
A: I wanted to do this since the age of 10-11. My inspiration: Love for animals, being able to interact with people and talking to the animals’ owners.
Q: What was the first animal and last animal you helped out?
A: First – My own cat; a stray kitten named Cody, who was dropped off in front of the clinic. Last was a ten year old Sheppard named Timber who had a painful back, was very weak. I took x-rays of him and put him on medications.
Q: How did you manage your time?
A: I had to be very organized and follow a schedule.
Q: What was your hardest accomplishment?
A: Graduating from vet school was my most difficult accomplishment.