My love for animals was born with me. From the time I was in pre-school, the teachers would ask us the same question each year. “Amanda, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “I want to be a veterinarian!” I’d answer the same thing, a big smile on my face, four front teeth missing. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Life has a funny way of taking us down a one-way road that leads to a dead end or a runway. I was lucky enough to take off on a flight that lead me to where I am now. I was raised in a family of dog lovers. I loved teaching all of our dogs tricks. My family to this day, comes to me when they have a question or a problem with one of their 4 legged children. At the age of 15, I joined my High School FFA chapter in Warner Robins, GA. I was voted in as chapter Vice President 3 years in a row. We had a school funded farm that I worked on all 3 years. I got the opportunity to learn and experience things I never would have imagined I’d have the chance to do at such a young age. I aided in shot administration, artificial insemination and giving medications. I was also in charge of my very own bovine. We practiced showmanship, 7 days a week, rain or shine, so that we could go and compete at Dairy Shows locally and in other states. All of this was among the fun things, like cleaning stalls, feeding, keeping track of heat cycles and filling endless amounts of hay bags. I’ll never forget Dr. Ronnie Thomas, talking to my dad one day about how I was exceling in the program. He said to him, “She came to us ten-fold. The dedication is impeccable. Hopefully she can rub some of that off on the others.” The experiences I had through that program only fueled my fire. I graduated High School and began working as a waitress at a local restaurant. A few years, a few more waitressing and retail jobs, and a few moves later, a very tired me went on a search for a job that had nothing to do with food, or registers or retail. Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I started as a kennel technician in 2015. After a year and a half, I relocated from my 7-year home in Myrtle Beach, SC to my current home in Chattanooga, TN. Finally, after 6 months of searching, I found Camelot Academy. Angie has taken me in as her assistant trainer, teaching me everything I need to know for the last 8 months and many more to come. As fate would have it, I’m not a veterinarian these days and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Camelot Academy has become a second home where I know I can grow, succeed and above all, ENJOY MY CAREER!