IndyVet says farewell to Blood Bank Manager
Amy McKamey is leaving the IndyVet Blood Bank at the end of May to pursue her other passion, which is running her farm in Clayton, Ind. replete with pigs, cows, sheep, horses, chickens, guineas and ducks plus a large variety of vegetables and fruits that she grows for sale and personal consumption. She has been moving towards this goal for several years, and now will be devoting her full-time efforts to her farm.
Amy grew up in northern Indiana on a small farm and became a 4-H member by the age of 10. She knew at an early age that she wanted to work with animals by becoming a veterinary technician, and achieved that dream in 1995 when she graduated from Purdue University with a degree in veterinary technology.
Amy started at IndyVet in 1998 as a licensed veterinary technician working in the emergency unit, and grew to take the responsibility for the hospital inventory as well as starting, managing, and growing the IndyVet Blood Bank into one of the largest in-practice blood banks in the country. The Blood Bank has been responsible for saving countless lives both in Indianapolis and across the country, largely due to Amy’s perseverance and dedication to assuring a quality blood product and providing adequate volume to help supply other animal hospitals across the country.
In 2001, one of Amy’s dogs became quadriplegic, and she discovered through her own experience that there were no rehabilitation services available in Indianapolis for handicapped pets. Amy saw the value of rehabilitation and suggested that it should be provided at IndyVet, prompting the development of our rehabilitation department. Amy became certified as a canine rehabilitation technician, and was one of the first in Indiana and the United States. Hundreds of dogs (and cats) have benefitted from her foresight and rehabilitative efforts that allowed them to recover from paralysis, muscle injuries, weakness, fractures, arthritis, and even obesity. She has been instrumental in helping train the current rehabilitation staff that will carry on in her “rehab footsteps.”
Amy has been a leader at IndyVet for 16 years, and has been a part of its tremendous growth and success. IndyVet will miss her, but we know that her farm will grow and thrive because all that Amy does is to a professional standard and is successful. Good luck Amy! Thank you for all that you’ve done at IndyVet!
Amy McKamey, RVT, CCRA