The Seeing Eye is an international non-profit that breeds, raises and trains dogs to guide people who are blind and visually impaired.
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A Day in the Life of Maria Hevner, Senior Manager for the Seeing Eye Clinic and Breeding Station “Whenever I catch up with my friends and family on the phone, they always stop me and say. ‘Wow. You really love your job don’t you?!’ And I have to admit ‘I really do!’ <
Before I applied, I’d never even heard of The Seeing Eye. At the time, I was helping run five veterinary hospitals in New Jersey. I liked it, but there was no room for advancement and I wanted to do something more meaningful. I started looking through job listings in professional journals.
When I saw the ad for The Seeing Eye it caught my eye. My background is in social work, but when I emigrated to the U.S. from Austria, it was difficult to pursue my social work career here. I wound up returning to school and becoming a certified veterinary technician. When I saw that ad, I thought, ‘Oh, how perfect! That would let me use BOTH my skill sets as a social worker and a veterinary technician.’ The organization does important work and it’s unique in the world. Austria offers its citizens a very good system of socialized medicine but there are no guide dog schools. They don’t exist.
It wasn’t until my family in Austria came to visit and saw The Seeing Eye campus for themselves that they could FULLY comprehend the scale of the operation we run. How big it is, how many dogs we take care of, how many puppies are born in the breeding station. At any given moment, we’re caring for as few as 40 puppies or as many as 100 puppies.
A Day in the Life of Dr. Dolores Holle, Lead Veterinarian and The Seeing Eye’s Director of Canine Medicine and Surgery "When people find out I work for The Seeing Eye, they ask me if I train dogs. I don’t. I explain that I try to bring the dogs into the world healthy and keep them that way for as long as possible. Whenever I’m at the Breeding Station in Chester, I start my day by checking on the new mamas and their puppies. When I see the puppies, the word adorable comes to mind. I really enjoy seeing them start to figure things out, from the earliest moment of propelling themselves forward to find mom’s milk, to snuggling in puppy piles, to romping fearlessly across a wobble board. I have pretty busy days, but sometimes I take a moment or two and just watch them. When I do, I can feel my blood pressure lowering.
Occasionally I have lunch with our students and graduates. Listening to their stories keeps my passion for The Seeing Eye’s mission alive.
I think I have one of the best positions available in veterinary medicine. On any given day, I’m doing all different kinds of medical work. I love that about the job. I also get to witness on a daily basis what I think is the highest form of the human-animal bond -- a Seeing Eye partnership.
At the end of a workday day I may feel excited, energized, exhausted, delighted, sad, or any other number of emotions. I’m very lucky and honored to do what I do. I have several young cousins in Ireland who wear Seeing Eye t-shirts and want to become veterinarians and take care of guide dogs because of me. I’m really proud of that.”
The Dog Days of Summer.
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The Seeing Eye is looking for volunteer puppy raisers! You and your family can nurture a puppy to accomplish its special destiny. Families should live in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, New Castle County in Delaware, and parts of Maryland and New York. Visit SeeingEye.org/raise to learn more.
"Excuse us but we were in the middle of an important meeting" our #seeingeyedogs take time to make sure their training is going according to plan (and that the quota of pets and #bellyrubs is being met daily) #theseeingeye #germanshepherd #labradorretriever #goldenretriever #guidedog #seriousfaces #importantdiscussion #workingdogs
"It's supposed to get how hot these next few days?!" Some of our dogs are not as fond of the heat as others. This factor gets considered when the dogs are finally placed with their new owner. We always try our best to ensure the perfect match in all things for both dog and human.
#labradorretriever #theseeingeye #seeingeyedog #blacklab #yellowlab #smilingdog #servicedog #guidedog