Kaiti May has finally landed her dream job. She thought she wanted to become a veterinarian growing up in Louisburg, N.C., but changed her mind when she realized she had a passion for the work that veterinary technicians do every day.
May fell in love with NC State during her veterinary technician externship and has always wanted to work here. Now, as a surgery technician she can combine her love of animals and the Wolfpack with working in an ER.
What made you want to go into veterinary medicine?
I have loved animals since I was a little girl and always knew I would want to work in the veterinary field. I had a variety of animals growing up, which made me realize that my passion in life is helping animals, big or small.
What will you be doing in your new role?
I will be assisting with surgeries by prepping patients for the surgeon, setting up the operating room and helping the surgeon with whatever he or she needs for that particular case.
What are you most excited about in your new role?
I am really excited to learn about the different surgeries our services offer since there is so much variety in both small and large animals. I also love that you learn something new here every single day.
What is your background?
I received my veterinary technology degree from Miller-Motte College in Raleigh and then became a registered veterinary technician. My background is in both general practice and ER/ICU. I worked in general practice for two and a half years and at an ER/ICU for about a year before coming to NC State.
What’s something someone would be surprised to learn about you?
I danced competitively for eight years doing a variety of ballet, tap and jazz.
When you’re not on campus, where could we find you?
I am usually at the barn or a barrel race.
Do you have any pets?
I have an off-the-track thoroughbred and a quarter horse that both compete in barrel racing. I also have two dogs, an Australian shepherd and a border collie/Australian shepherd mix who I rescued.
Visit the NC State Veterinay Hospital page for more information about our services for companion animals.