President’s Medal recipient built successful skillset

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June 6, 2016
While word of mouth brought Jana MacLeod, Class of 2016, to Lakeland College, career-relevant and cutting-edge learning opportunities helped her to excel.
Janna McLeod
“I heard it was the college vets wanted techs from and I heard that it was a really amazing school from other people who had gone there, so I decided it was for me,” says MacLeod, who completed a bachelor of science degree at the University of Alberta prior to enrolling in Lakeland’s animal health technology (AHT) program.
Jann McLeod Agility
“I wanted to build more skills and be ready to work in the field, and that’s what I did at Lakeland.”

But that’s not all MacLeod accomplished. For her leadership and involvement within the college and the community, MacLeod was awarded the 2016 President’s Medal (Vermilion) when she graduated on June 3. 

“I honestly didn’t think I deserved it because there are a lot of people who do really great stuff, so it’s very exciting,” she says.

While at Lakeland, MacLeod was busy with her studies and lab work, and various extra-curricular activities. As president of the Agility Club, MacLeod coordinated practices and events, arranged for clinicians and attended leadership meetings. As a club leader, she helped coordinate volunteers for Band in the Sand and volunteered herself at the student-run event. With the AHT program, she helped fundraise for the Lloydminster & District SPCA. MacLeod also peer tutored first-year AHT students and worked part-time at the Eastalta Co-op. 

“I wanted the full experience and I knew Lakeland had a lot more to offer than just the classroom experience,” she says. “I learned a lot from it all and as a person, I really grew. It was awesome to see how much I could do and how much I could contribute. It definitely helped me to see how much it takes to be a leader.”Janna McLeod Lab

Over the course of the two-year diploma program, MacLeod gained real clinical experience that she says made the transition from campus clinic to animal hospital a success.
“The hands-on learning opportunities at Lakeland are incredible. Coming into the work field with this experience was just fantastic because I felt really good about the skillset I developed. Instead of just reading about it, I had done pretty much everything at Lakeland,” says MacLeod, a multiple student awards recipient. “I am really thankful for the amazing instructors Lakeland has. The Town of Vermilion was so welcoming and easy to be in away from family. All in all, it couldn’t have been better.”
Before she finished the program, MacLeod completed a six-week practicum with the Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital in Fort McMurray, Alta., and afterwards was hired as a full-time animal health technician. In May she helped to evacuate the hospital due to the wild fires in the area. 

“The clinic is still standing and hopefully we will be returning soon,” says MacLeod. “Once we’re allowed to go home, we can get back to work.”

Photos: Top, Jana MacLeod was named the 2016 Vermilion campus President's Medal recipient. She was presented with the medal at the afternoon convocation ceremony on June 3. Middle, as the Agility Club president, MacLeod pursued her passion and developed leadership and organization skills, among others. Bottom, MacLeod had the opportunity to learn both in the college's small animal clinic and on the Student Managed Farm - Powered by New Holland.

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