Surface Creek Veterinary Center December 2019


That includes cleaning surgery rooms, helping with surgery prep, and “mostly anything that needs to be done.” Sierra’s enthusiasm for her work is clear to all who meet her. “I love it,” she says. “I get to be around the animals all day and interact with people.”

We’ve been lucky to have Sierra at Surface Creek Vet Center since she interned with

us during her senior year of high school. Since graduating in June, Sierra joined our team full time, and we (including the pets) couldn’t be happier to have her here! When it came to life after high school, Sierra knew she wanted to be a veterinary technician. Surface Creek Vet Center was the perfect place to learn and get some hands-on experience. Starting out as an intern, she was grateful to have patient teachers like Dr. Susie, Dr. Jeff, and Desiree. “They’re so welcoming and always willing to teach me,” she says. “When it’s all new, it can be overwhelming, but they really help you do it step by step so you understand it all.” Sierra’s positive, get-it-done attitude made her the perfect fit for our team. She is always ready to jump in anywhere, helping our vets prepare for a busy day and caring for your pets. “I help wherever it’s needed,” Sierra says of her role. lients Spreading the Word

Even at home, Sierra isn’t one to stay still. She prefers to stay busy, which isn’t hard since she lives on a farm where there’s “always something to do.” She also competes with her horses and is an ace in archery. You may have seen Sierra at our Dog Jog this fall where she had a great time meeting all of you! “It was really cool to meet people and pets who are clients, talk to them, and hear their stories,” she says.

In January, Sierra will begin classes to get her veterinary technician certificate. We’re excited to watch this hardworking, knowledgeable individual continue her career, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Sierra!

Thanks so much to these clients who referred new patients to us the past two months:

Gingerbread Dogs

Inspired by

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer! Share some cheer with your four-legged friends with these special holiday dog treats.

Dixie Severson

Chance Fischer


Debbie Smith

Carol Nations

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1 tsp cinnamon

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1/2 cup vegetable oil 6 cups oatmeal flour

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1 cup molasses 4 tbsp honey

Kathy & Elden Anders

Keith & Kacy Stillings

1 tsp dried powder ginger

2 tsp baking soda

1 cup water


1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. In a medium bowl, combine molasses, honey, water, and oil, and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing well until dough forms. 3. Separate dough into four equal balls. Wrap dough balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3–5 hours. 4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out chilled dough to 1/4-inch thick. Use dog-shaped cookie cutters to cut out treats. 5. Bake for 20–25 minutes on baking sheet until cookies start to brown. Carefully remove treats from the oven and let them cool completely before serving to your dog.


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