Of my 41 years of administrative work in the business community, the last 13 years have been my most treasured, since I’ve been employed with Arvada West Veterinary Hospital (AWVH), working under Dr. Scott Carpenter, DVM. I not only have the best “job” in the world (working with clients AND their pets), but my husband and I have been clients of Dr. Carpenter’s since he was first out of Vet School in 1987 while he was employed for another established veterinarian, in the Arvada area. We knew then, that he was outstanding, and as fate would have it, we were able to locate him when he opened his own practice, and thus began a trusted, long-time relationship with Dr. Scott.
My skills have always related to secretarial/admin tasks, with my main duties tending to customer/client needs, and I learned at a young age that those tasks were the ones I most enjoyed and in which I excelled. The area of finance was the one I typically worked in, from the automotive industry to the banking industry, as well as a 6 year position with a local horticultural firm, all my positions centered on assisting the President of the company, and dealing with the customers and clients who were the reason we existed, and who were the most important people in our world.
Since my husband and I are major dog and cat lovers, I find my present position as one of the receptionists at AWVH, provides me with the greatest opportunity of all – helping not only the pets in need of routine medical care and unplanned for medical assistance, but their loving, devoted owners, with whom I can personally relate when it comes to care, concern, and love of our pets, as cherished members of our families.
A bonus for my husband and myself, is knowing that Dr. Carpenter and the other first-rate veterinarians at AWVH, give of their time, and expertise towards care of the Rescue Scotties that we, as Rescue Coordinators of the Rocky Mountain Scottish Terrier Club, bring in to the hospital for medical needs, while they are with us in foster care, and awaiting adoption to their forever homes. Many of the Scotties who are adopted by families in the area (as well as some well outside the metro Denver area), continue to come to Arvada West Veterinary Hospital after adoption.
Am I prejudiced? You bet I am! Am I fortunate that my working career brought me here? Oh, yes! Yes, indeed!
Leslie retired from Jefferson County Courts after 30 years of service, to found Safe Harbor Lab Rescue in 2002. Soon after retirement, she began working as a part time receptionist for AWVH. Leslie has a special fondness for special needs animals and has several of her own, including a deaf and blind lab mix named Gypsy. Leslie fosters labs for Safe Harbor Lab Rescue prior to their placement. Her interests include: photography, playing guitar, singing, reading and hiking.