Veronica Kittle, vet tech
Pet: Cockateil  Dog
I plan on interacting with other species for my career. A good portion of my life was spent preparing to go to veterinary school after college. I hoped that as a veterinarian I would be able to work with all kinds of animals that I would have otherwise not had access to. Going into college, I chose to become a biology major to better prepare myself for veterinary school, and this June I will be graduating with a B.S. in biology. I now consider that to have been a waste of both money and time, as I found that I actually have a greater interest in art than in science. My love for animals has been unchanging, but my plans to become a veterinarian have pretty much ended. I am interested in interspecies collaboration because it combines two of my interests: animals and art. I hope that through this class I will explore the different ways in which I can interact with animals, and maybe we (me and an animal) will make some cool art along the way.

My experience with animals began with a household full of pets growing up. I have had birds, dogs, cats, turtles, fish, and even hermit crabs. Here in Santa Barbara, I have my own little cockatiel who likes to whistle the Imperial March from Star Wars. Throughout high school and college, I have volunteered and interned at a few shelters, animal hospitals, and wildlife sanctuaries. I currently work as a vet tech at La Concepcion Animal hospital where I assist veterinarians. I have learned a lot through my work there on how to better care for dogs and cats. I have also learned a lot about different medical conditions and ways to treat them. One of my favorite experiences with an animal was when I first got my little shih tzu puppy, named Chewie, about eight years ago. I spent an entire summer training him, and I loved every part of it. Animal training is something I would be very interested in pursuing.


04/24/13 20:30:27 Animal tracks and thoughts about Why Birds Sing

05/06/13 13:21:47 Poca's favorite toys
  05/10/13 19:17:51 - Project idea

05/20/13 12:32:17 Trial 1 with Random Objects
  06/03/13 12:01:43 - Cardboard cave
  06/03/13 12:09:24 - I was wrong

05/22/13 20:25:32 Paper Snowflakes

06/03/13 10:37:14 Thoughts on our trip to Lil Orphan Hammies

06/09/13 13:31:39 Final Exhibition

Comment on 'A Bee or Three (And Me)' by erikshalat

Reflection: Interspecies Relationships
Reading 1

Reflection: Interspecies Communication
Response to animal communication workshop

Article: Aesthetic Expressions of Non-Human Animals
Why do 'single' birds dance? By Jeremy COles

Video: Aesthetic Expressions of Non-Human Animals
Frostie Dancing to Shake your Tail Feather By Frostie

Article: Other Related Research
Thinking about Dogs as If They Were People: Is Anthropomorphism a Sin? By Stanley Coren, Ph.D.

Book: Art Made Together with Non-Human Animals
Interspecies Art Show