Surface Creek Veterinary Center - May 2020

GET TO KNOW KAYLA! TeamMember Spotlight This Pre-Med Student Jumps Into Each New Opportunity

When she got to college and started her pre-med classes, Kayla found that a lot of the concepts and procedures were familiar because she had been introduced to them through her work at Surface Creek Vet Center. “It’s been really neat to see how it relates to human health, how many similarities there are. It’s given me more confidence in going into the medical field. I got to see these things hands on, not just out of a textbook,” Kayla says. Outside of work and school, Kayla looks forward to summer weather, when she can go camping, hiking, and floating the river. She also loves to travel. Last year, she went on a mission trip to Brazil. “I was leading the mission trip, and we were on the Amazon River, going to different tribes,” Kayla describes. The journey provided opportunities to get acquainted with Amazonian

The global pandemic has caused disruptions to everyone’s lives, including college students who’ve been sent home after school closures. The silver lining is that a couple of the students who are typically only with us for the summer have returned a little earlier, and we were happy to welcome them back to the clinic. One of those students is Kayla. Kayla is a pre-med student at Colorado Christian University. She’s wanted to be a doctor since she was a freshman in high school, and Surface Creek Vet Center was a great place to get experience in the medical field. “I started as an intern, shadowing Dr. Susie, then was hired on and got to be part of the hands-on processes,” Kayla says. “The longer I’ve been here, the more hands-on experience I’ve gotten. I’ve gotten to be there for surgeries and get introduced to the medical field.”

wildlife. “Going there, I swore I wasn’t going to get in the river, but the first day, I didn’t want to get out of the water. One of the tribes took us to catch a caiman, and another took us fishing for piranha,” Kayla describes. “It’s one of my favorite places.” While she’s home, we are so happy to have this passionate, dedicated student helping us at the clinic. We also can’t wait to see where Kayla’s adventures take her next. We know this pre-med student is going to go far.

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

Does your picky kitty turn up their nose at every treat? These homemade goodies are sure to delight even the most finicky of felines! Homemade Chicken and Cranberry Cat Treats

Waylen Dorcher

Ted Hotchkiss


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2 tbsp olive oil

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1 cup oat flour

1 tbsp dried catnip

3 tbsp unsweetened, dried cranberries 4 oz plain chicken, cooked and chopped into small pieces

1 large egg


1. Heat oven to 350 F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. In a food processor, mix flour and cranberries until fine. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until combined. 3. Measure out 1/4 tsp-sized portions. Roll into small balls, then press flat with your finger on the baking sheet. 4. Cook treats in the oven for 15–17 minutes, or until golden and dried on top. 5. Allow treats to cool completely before serving to your cat. Treats can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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