Emily Meier has been with our kennel staff since June of 2011. She is originally from Waterloo and is currently a biology major at UNI. A typical day for Emily means so many different things as she has a variety of job responsibilities at Den Herders. She could be walking dogs, cleaning cages, stocking the rooms, or working hand in hand with the vets and clients.
What is the best part of your job? Hardest part?
The best part of the job, for me, is all of the experience I am able to gain on a daily basis. I am always excited to come to work knowing that I will be able to learn something new.
The hardest part of my job is adapting to every challenge; but I would be lying if I said that I did not enjoy rising to the occasion. The variance of cases keeps my job fresh and exciting, and that’s what I love!
Why do you work here?
I have always had a love for animals and a desire to care for them; that is why I want to become a veterinarian. Ever since I have had my own pets, I have taken them to Den Herders. As such, I have always wanted to work here and love every minute of it.
What pets do you own?
I have had over 10 different kinds of pets at one time before, including zebra finches, parakeets, various fish, a leopard gecko, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, love birds, hermit crabs, and a canary. However, at the moment, I have two hamsters, two guinea pigs, a parakeet and fish.
Any pet challenges?
For the past few years, I have been taking in animals with special needs. I had a dwarf hamster for many years that had been abused by its previous owner. Currently, I have a hamster that injured its side by being caught in a wheel. Now, one of his favorite things to do is run in his ball. I love to take care of animals. There is no greater reward for me than to know that I can make sure an animal lives a happy life.
What was the first pet you ever had?
The first pet I personally owned was a hamster named Teddy
Tell us about your family.
My mom is a pharmacist and my dad stays at home. My sister, Chelsea, just graduated from UNI and will be continuing her education to become an emergency room doctor.
What is the craziest thing you have seen while working here?
I thought it was amazing to see a successful amputation on a tiny little dwarf hamster. It amazed me that Dr. Cherney was able to do such a wonderful job on such a small creature. I had no idea that such a complicated surgery could be done on anything smaller than a dog or cat.
What was something you learned in the last week?
I learned the right way and wrong way to pet a cow. A friend from college invited me to his farm and among the many animals that I interacted with, I learned how to properly approach a cow.
What is one food you’d definitely have seconds on?
Any kind of Bosnian food! It’s all good.
What do you like to do for fun or in your free time?
I enjoy any and all crafts, doing martial arts, and learning something new.