What she wanted to be when she grew up
“Growing up, my two greatest passions were animals and writing stories. On any given day, I could have told you I would be a writer or a veterinarian/dog trainer. I am proud that I have stayed close to those youthful dreams, and found a way to combine them.”
How she ended up here
Jaime earned a bachelor of arts degree in theatre and English from Saint Louis University in 2008, but her love of dogs drew her to a local veterinary technology program. She earned an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology, and became a registered veterinary technician in 2012. She has worked in a range of hospitals, from a one-doctor practice to a large specialty and referral hospital, where she was a surgery technician. Jaime became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee in 2017, and a professional certified training partner through the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP) for animal training and behavior in 2018.
Jaime began exploring copywriting as a potential side business in 2020, and left the grind of tech life to find a fresh way to use her talents and education. Shejoined Rumpus as a full-time writer in 2021, and hasn’t looked back.
Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love to know the ‘reasons why,’ and I adore the academic challenge of medicine. I am a perpetual student and am always in pursuit of learning—especially if it involves animals! Providing highly skilled nursing care to patients and witnessing the beautiful bond between pets and their owners is emotionally rewarding.”
Why she loves writing
“I experience the world through words. Sometimes I am not sure how I feel about something until I write about it. I am quiet by nature. I am an observer. I don’t immediately have a ‘take’ on every situation. Writing allows me to process and develop my perspective—like an old photograph—through exploring a topic or scenario. The versatility of the written word allows me to simultaneously be a student, teacher, and artist.”
Who her fuzzy family members are
- Tutti Fruitti (the spirited and silly black and tan cocker spaniel who is Jaime’s constant sidekick, and is enjoying training for obedience and musical freestyle after an injury ended her promising agility career)
What might surprise you about her
“While writing a play in college about an animal rights activist, I decided to avoid eating meat until I finished the script. I completed the play, and while I am by no means as radical as my main character, the dietary choice stuck! I have been a vegetarian since 2006.”