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My name is John Antal, and I have been working as a Veterinary Assistant at Evergreen Veterinary Clinic for over four years. I was born and raised here in the Bay Area. Right after graduating from high school I spent eighteen months living with my aunt and uncle, in Avila Beach. While there I worked in a veterinary clinic in San Luis Obispo, working mainly in the boarding kennels with both cats and dogs, as well as assisting in other areas of the clinic. I returned to the Bay Area and went back to school at Foothill College where I earned my Veterinary Assistant Certification. All my life I’ve had animals and that was a big factor in wanting to work in a veterinary clinic. Coming to Evergreen Veterinary Clinic has been a great experience, and I have learned so much while working here as a Veterinary Assistant. In my job, I help restrain animals and I feed animals that are boarding. I also clean and re-stock medical supplies in all rooms of the clinic. I do laundry and build the surgical packs. I have received great and helpful feedback from my co-workers about my work ethic which has made my time here very special.
My parents still live locally, and I see them quite often. Our family consists of three Belgian Tervuren Shepherds. Our oldest male Tervuren is Shadow, who is nine years old. Our female Tervuren is Sky, who is five years old. Our latest Tervuren is a ten-month-old male puppy named Arrow. My mom and dad train and compete with Shadow and Sky in canine agility, with both dogs competing at the master’s level, and even in international competitions with 1000 dogs from 10 countries. I’ve also spent time volunteering at their competitions. Arrow is training in agility and will begin competing next January. We also have two Abyssinian cats. Kona is a thirteen-year-old female, and Casey is a thirteen-year-old male. They have both taught our dogs not to herd them. We also have an African Grey parrot named Barkley who is eleven years old. He says lots of dog commands although the dogs all ignore him.
In my spare time, I go to my parent’s house to visit our animals. I especially like to hike our dogs in the open space preserve very near to my parent’s house. I also like to play tennis and I enjoy watching movies and Bay Area sports teams, and I also enjoy video games.