Tracy Redfearn, B.S.
Veterinary Technician, Oncology
I am originally from eastern Colorado but moved to the East Coast (North and South Carolina), when I was eight years old. I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology, thinking that I wanted to go to medical school. I quickly realized after graduation that med school was not the right path for me. I got my first job out of college at a small animal private practice in Charleston, SC as a receptionist/vet assistant. I learned how much I loved veterinary medicine and knew I wanted to continue my career in the field. That job was the first time that I came across an aggressive canine osteosarcoma case. The patient only lived for a few months, and it was shocking for the owners. I remember thinking how sad this was and wondering if there were more options for this type of cancer.
In 2013, I returned to Colorado and started working in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. During that time, I also attended the veterinary technician training program at Front Range Community College. After graduating in 2018, I started working in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Intermediate Care Unit as a veterinary technician.
While working in the Intermediate Care Unit, I realized how much I liked interacting with the Flint Animal Cancer Center staff and how much I enjoyed caring for oncology patients. When a veterinary technician position opened in the cancer center, I knew I wanted to transfer to oncology because of all the previous interactions with staff and patients.
There is a team dynamic with the FACC staff that is apparent and admirable. After working in oncology for a few months, I have seen firsthand how much the team cares for our patients. It is such a great feeling to be a part of this world-renowned program. In addition to our incredible team, I love working with our patients, but I also enjoy working with the clients. FACC has some of the best clients, they care so much for their pets, and I love getting to see this daily and be able to help in any way I can.
In my free time, my husband and I like to go hiking and traveling for fun. We also like going to sporting events and cheering on the Colorado Avalanche and Broncos! We have an 11-year-old black Labrador retriever mix named Cooper and three cats: Dori- a sassy tortie, Miss Kitty- a curious tabby, and Tigger- a loveable domestic long hair.