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Paola Domínguez-López on the importance of embracing change

Paola Domínguez-López has always been passionate about animals. Her big dream as a child was to be able to care for animals in need, especially those who don’t have a home to call their own. 

Her parents helped foster her love of animals through agriculture programs like 4-H. As time went on, Paola realized that veterinary medicine was the right choice for her, eventually enrolling in the Veterinary Nursing Program in St. Petersburg College. 

While studying to become a veterinary nurse, she also began volunteering for animal shelters. This eventually lead to a job at a local animal hospital, where she eventually became a vet tech.

She now combines her nursing skills and her passion for shelter animals by working her dream job at University of Florida Small Animal Hospital. She currently works in the Veterinary Community Outreach Program of the shelter medicine department. This allows her to help shelter animals in need while doing the job she loves.

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