June 30, 2021
ASU-Beebe “Life as a Vanguard” series introduces Madison Franklin, Veterinary Technology.
Madison Franklin, of Jonesboro, is a 2021 spring graduate of the Veterinary Technology program.
Madison has worked for Southwest Drive Animal Clinic in Jonesboro for the past four years. “After working two years at the clinic, I chose ASU-Beebe for the Veterinary Technology program. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and care,” said Madison.
“After graduation I plan to continue to work for Southwest Drive Animal Clinic, and then move to a mixed animal practice one day,” said Madison.
In the Veterinary Technology program, Madison said she most enjoys the Laboratory Techniques coursework. “I have loved getting to learn all about the diagnostic/lab part of my job, such as learning what cells mean and how to determine from the cells what is wrong with the animal,” said Madison.
Madison is a member of the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA). She is also a student representative on the Arkansas Veterinary Technician Association Board.
“When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my parents Jimmy and Suzanne Franklin and sister Chandler and friends, walk my dog Mia, and look for opportunities to rehabilitate wildlife,” Madison said.
Southwest Clinic Veterinarian, Dr. Archie Ryan is a wildlife rehabilitator and throughout the year gets many wildlife young that must be bottle-fed and raised until they are ready to be released back into their habitat. “It’s so fun getting to watch them grow and know you have helped. We usually take any wildlife that we receive, from bald eagles, raccoons, opossums, foxes, bobcats, beavers, hawks, and owls. I find it so cool that I get to hold and help heal these animals so they can go back into the wild,” Madison said.
“Covid definitely changed lots of things for me, mainly because I’m such a hands-on learner and the Vet Tech program is a hands-on program,” said Madison. “I was challenged to find good ways to study and learn more on my own during the remote instruction. I am happy to be back in the classroom environment, even though we are still spaced out in the class and lab. I’ve learned to not take anything for granted.”
When asked what has guided her in her daily life, Madison said: “My love and passion for animals. I love learning to better my future in this career. My parents have been such a huge part of my education. They are my number one cheerleader. My teachers have also been so much help. It is obvious that the instructors at ASU-Beebe love what they do and really care and inspire students to finish strong.”
Madison offered advice for other students: “Pursue your dreams. Don’t be afraid to take risks and step out of your comfort zone to truly find out what you love to do.”
Life as a Vanguard is a social media series produced by the ASUB Office of Marketing and Public Relations. These are ‘get to know’ articles of interest about students, faculty, and staff within the Vanguard campus community.