Vet Tech Spotlight: Shana Hayward

In honor of National Vet Tech Appreciation Week, we’d like to spotlight one of our team members, Shana Hayward. Shana is our Community Clinic Medical Manager and a true advocate for animals. Here’s her story:

“I grew up on the Northshore with dogs, cats, horses, ponies and other critters, so animals have always been a big part of my life.  I graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a Bachelors in Anthropology.  Throughout college and afterwards I worked and volunteered on and off as a research assistant and naturalist guide both in the Northeast US and in Costa Rica.  I have always been interested in the human-animal-environmental relationship, both in domestic animals and in the wildlife and conservation since. I moved back to New Orleans in 2005 and in the years following Hurricane Katrina, I began picking up strays and fostering for local shelters. After working as a floral designer for many years I decided to go back to school at Delgado Community College and become a Veterinary Technician.  While in the Vet Tech program I realized that the animal welfare/rescue/sheltering/nonprofit world was the best fit for me so I began working as a tech at the Louisiana SPCA in 2012.  In 2013, I graduated from Delgado and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam and became a Registered Veterinary Technician.  I have since continued to assist the Louisiana SPCA in promoting spay/neuter, TNR, preventive health and wellness for people and their pets in the region with an amazing team of doctors, techs, administrative staff and volunteers.  I feel very passionately about the direct impact the Louisiana SPCA has on our community in providing affordable care options for people and their pets while also providing quality care to the animals in our Rescue Center.  I recently passed the state exam and am working on completing the requirements for becoming a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator to expand my skill set and ability to provide care and options for all critters; fluffy, scaly, feathered and hoofed alike.  I have three dogs; Hippo, Lu and Big Frieda.”