Salina deMelo

Salina deMelo

Kennel Assistant

Use the negativity like bricks underneath you and let them build you higher.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduated High School (June 2014) Small Town, CA
Moved to Iowa to go to the University of Iowa July 2014 Majored in photojournalism
Left the university to go to a smaller local community college to focus on small media press and photography. January 2015
Stayed at the community college to pursue an education with animals. March 2016 Photojournalism is still a passion of mine.
In May 2016 I decided I needed to take a break from school and focus on my well being.
I discovered Penn Foster and I couldn't be happier. October 2017
It is now December 2018 and I will soon become a PF graduate with a Veterinary Assistant degree and will have a career I love.


Kennel Assistant

I help care for pets during their hospitalization or boarding stay at my clinic.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Day to Day

As a kennel assistant (training to become a veterinary assistant) you get to work closely to every one in a veterinary clinic. You get a lot of insight on day to day activities that go on. Generally, a KA will help make sure patients and pets are taken care of, doing well, etc but you also help keep the flow of the clinic going smoothly.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Become a Kennel Assistant! It was the best decision I ever made as a first step towards my career! I have an amazing network of people who are eager to help me succeed and I get to watch and listen to a lot of information that helps with school.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"One of the hardest hurdles to over come in this field (veterinary medicine) is having a lot of people say you aren't "cut out" for it. It is a very demanding career choice both mentally and physically but it is so rewarding. "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student