Caring for animals is a fulltime job. For Arianne Perlinski, it’s a lifestyle. She looks after 60+ head of horses, 125+ head of cows, 75 head of calves, 250+ head of rams and weekly monitors of an additional 180 head of cows and 180 head of calves and approximately 2000 head of ewes and lambs. It’s all in a day’s chores for a Certified Veterinary Technician at Montana State University. This hard working woman doesn’t stop there. Arianne is also on 2 national disaster veterinary teams (NVRT5-National Veterinary Response Team and VMAT5-Veterinary Medical Assistance Team) that are deployed on a national level in a state of emergency or disaster.
When you have a soft spot for animals as much as Arianne does, it can be expected that same affections carry over into off-the-clock hours as well. With 8 horses and 3 cats of her own, she’s always in the company of a four-legged friend. The animal-loving life requires a lot of hard work. Under the Big Sky of Montana, you’re in for some cold mornings, covered in mud.
Here are a few bits of advice from Arianne if you hope to follow similar footsteps:
- Dedication, pride and hard work pay off. The more you put into a hard day of work, the more you get out of it. There is nothing better than being able to sit back and watch a beautiful sunset after a long day of hard work…the sweat and dust will wash off, but the sense of pride and accomplishment will last a lifetime.
- Women have the ability to do anything…put your heart and soul into your work, dig in and get it done.
- Organization and planning ahead are huge, being able to shift from plan A to plan B without hesitation or frustration is even bigger. When working with livestock, you have to be able to adjust and shift to make things work. Livestock don’t read the rulebooks. They don’t work Monday-Friday 8-5. It’s a 24 hour-7 days a week job. That can be the most frustrating, but yet the most rewarding job/lifestyle out there.