Becky Olivas-Lujan

Veterinary Technician, Oncology

I grew up in Evans, Colorado and my love for animals began with the donkeys down the street. There was a small farm a short walk from my childhood home; it had a pair of donkeys and I made a point to visit them every day. I’d call them over the fence and they’d come running for carrots and grass. Those donkeys were often the best part of my day. 

After discovering a passion for animals at a young age, I knew I wanted to have a career in the field of veterinary medicine. I graduated from Front Range Community College in the spring of 2019 with an Associates in Veterinary Technology. I became a certified Veterinary Technician in January 2020. 

For the first three years of my career, I worked at a small-animal clinic. We specialized in stress-free handling which taught me so much about how to make a vet visit as easy and comfortable for animals as I can. 

Recently, my family dog passed away from brain cancer. I know first-hand how hard it is to lose a pet to this awful disease. When I saw an opportunity at the Flint Animal Cancer Center, I recognized the opportunity to help support families going through something similar. 

In August 2022, I joined the FACC as a Surgical Oncology Technician. My role is to provide client communication and nursing support to our team of surgical oncologists. As a surgery tech, I prepare patients for surgery, collect lab samples, and care for the animals we treat. I also communicate with pet parents and help them understand our process and provide updates on their babies. 

The most rewarding part of my job is the pain relief treatments can provide. It’s amazing to see how much light comes back into their eyes after care. I love when we are able to prolong and improve a pet’s life so their families get more time with them. 

Cookie, my one-year-old Shih Tzu-Poodle mix, is the best part of coming home. I also love to paint and draw. Reading and watching animated shows are some of my other pastimes. 

I can’t wait to meet your pets and provide them with low-stress care! 

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