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Healing Hands Veterinary Wellness Center

Thursday, March 09, 2023

Healing Hands Veterinary Wellness Center of Oklahoma City recently received the Outstanding Business and Industry Partner award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

The veterinary clinic was one of three Oklahoma businesses and organizations honored, along with 17 individuals, at the 29th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on March 6.

Making It Work Day recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony, which was held in the rotunda at the Oklahoma Capitol, also recognized nontraditional students.

Healing Hands Veterinary Wellness Center is one of the newest partners of the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City REACH program, said Lydia Hickerson, REACH career development specialist, who nominated the clinic for the award. A REACH student completed a summer internship at the clinic, working with cats, dogs, birds and ferrets, Hickerson said.

The student was able to work closely with Dr. Kimberly Weiss, who opened the clinic in 2014 after operating a mobile veterinary practice for seven years. The student learned to feed and care for different animals and worked with the filing system, feeding schedules and X-ray processes, Hickerson said.

“After working with the clinic, our student was able to solidify her dream of working as a veterinary assistant,” Hickerson said. “She was able to gain self-esteem and see what it takes to become a veterinarian and run your own business.”

OkCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council advocates for students pursuing nontraditional careers and for resources for educating single parents.

“OkCTEEC is always privileged to honor those who have chosen a career path that is nontraditional and those individuals or partners who have assisted them in their quest,” said KayTee Niquette, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “This year is a transitional year that everyone seems to be working through, so students and others have been doing an exceptional job meeting in person and through a hybrid model.”

She serves as an adviser for OkCTEEC, along with Lisa French of the Department of Human Services and Gina McPherson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“All of us continue to navigate through the continuing pandemic, facing new challenges each and every day,” said Kelly Vinson, OkCTEEC president and director of Project Achieve at Northern Oklahoma College. “Our students have shown tremendous strength and determination navigating through the many challenges they face along the way. It is a great honor to recognize these students, who have excelled and are continuing to reach their goals.”

OkCTEEC’s purposes include promoting and supporting career and technology education, increasing its effectiveness, promoting research in the field and in educational equity, developing leadership and advocating for equity and diversity.

For more information about OkCTEEC, visit For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit

Last Modified on Oct 20, 2023
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