At Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, your pet is surrounded by caregivers with hearts as big as Texas. We feel fortunate to have assembled a veterinary team motivated by compassion, integrity, and an unending love for animals. When we think about compassion, we think about this month’s spotlight team-member, Trenton.
You may recognize Trenton’s smiling face when she welcomes you to the practice, or greets you in the examination room. Your pet surely remembers her gentle touch and intuitive care. Or perhaps you know Trenton because she assisted the veterinarian during your pet’s exam—she’s the one who always seems to know exactly what the veterinarian needs before they ask, allowing them to stay focused on your pet. Trenton’s inquisitive mind and caring heart motivate her to always aim higher—in addition to her valued work as a veterinary technician, she is currently a nursing student at UT Arlington, and aspires to work in labor and delivery after graduation.
Get to know our inspiring, hard-working veterinary technician, Trenton.
Question: What is your full name and designations?
Answer: Trenton Elizabeth Llewellyn, veterinary technician
Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Huntsville, Texas
Q: How and when did you decide that you wanted to be a vet tech?
A: My sophomore year in college, I wanted to go to vet school
Q: How did you land at Stone Ridge?
A: I learned about Stone Ridge through family friends.
Q: What’s your favorite part about being a veterinary technician?
A: The medicine, and being able to anticipate what the veterinarians want before they ask.
Q: What about your pets?
A: I have two cats, Nova and Lynx, whom I obtained through working here, ironically. Both cats were found roaming around Highway 105 at different times, and are now both fat and happy at my house.
Q: What about your human family members?
A: My mom is the kindest person I know, and also my best friend. My dad is the best example of what hard work and determination can do—he would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. I have a brother, two sisters, six step-siblings, five nieces, and a nephew.
Q: What’s something about you that might surprise others?
A: After getting my bachelor’s degree in animal science, I decided I actually wanted to go to nursing school. So, I am currently working toward my bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Everything chicken
Q: Favorite hobby?
A: Being out on the lake—especially surfing
Q: Mountains or ocean?
Q: Coke or Pepsi products?
A: Dr. Pepper above everything
Q: Spa weekend or camping weekend?
A: Spa weekend
Q: What are a few things that are on your bucket list, or something you’d like to accomplish in the next five years?
A: I would like to get my scuba diving license, and go scuba diving around the world.
Q: Any unexpected talents?
A: I am super crafty, and I’ve been told I can talk like an auctioneer.
Q: Anything else you want to add?
A: My favorite days are spent with my boyfriend, Hadley, backroading in his grandpa’s five-speed Suzuki, with the music blaring.
Forward-thinking veterinary technicians like Trenton help Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center run smoothly. Vet techs who can assess a situation, and use their knowledge to anticipate potential outcomes can:
- React quickly in an emergency, such as a cardiac or respiratory arrest
- Improve the veterinarian’s efficiency by completing supportive tasks, and carrying out patient care orders
- Prepare necessary equipment or supplies in advance, to minimize delay
- Adjust their technique or approach, before an animal becomes aggressive
- Detect subtle changes in patient status, and alert the veterinarian
- Notice patterns or trends while monitoring anesthetized pets that may indicate an impending crisis, giving the veterinarian time to respond
- Help a client who is struggling to follow specific instructions with their pet by providing insider tips and tricks for giving medication, cleaning ears, or basic training
- Provide extra TLC to a shy or difficult patient during their hospital stay, which reduces pet fear, anxiety, and stress, and improves recovery time
These invaluable skills take time to hone, and require the vet tech to understand physiology and disease processes, have keen observational skills, and love their patients like their own. We think you’ll agree that the same skills that make Trenton a phenomenal vet tech will surely make her an incredible nurse!
The next time you visit Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, ensure you thank Trenton and all our dedicated vet techs and support staff for their compassionate patient care. We often say that veterinary medicine is a team sport, and we’ve got the greatest team on the field.
Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center is a complete veterinary facility providing innovative medicine, top level patient care, first-class grooming, and luxury boarding. Contact us to discuss your pet’s veterinary or pet care needs, or to schedule your pet’s appointment. And wish Trenton luck in her future endeavors!