Girl Scout earns gold by helping pets


Posted: 10/21/2021 16:36:26 PM

Having a passion for animals and making the world a better place for them has led Gold Award Girl Scout Tabitha Nugent to pursue a career as a veterinarian and educate others on how they can help protect animals. She has organized donations for pet shelters, created a mural and brochure for the Pope Memorial SPCA in Concord, created an educational website, and dedicated over 135 hours working with animals at VCA Riverside Veterinary Hospital. She won the highest possible honor for a high school Girl Scout for her work, the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Nugent, 19, from Penacook, said she wanted to make an impact on the animals’ lives.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved animals,” she says. “I have been a vegetarian for 5 or 6 years. Animals have no voice. We have to defend them. “

Nugent’s dedication to his passion has given rise to many projects. She organized a pet donation campaign in which young Girl Scouts participated, painted a mural in front of which many people are now taking pictures at the Pope Memorial SPCA, created an information brochure for the SPCA, created a website for her high school to explain her work. , and got involved in a buddy program that allowed her to experience the life of a veterinarian.

“She did a tremendous job executing and completing her project in a timely and professional manner,” said her Project Advisor Shannon Camara, SPCA Director of Outreach. “The brochure has been shared with new pet families who have adopted to help educate them as they begin their first steps in pet ownership.”

As Nugent worked on her project, she learned a lot of skills including leadership, engagement, tracking, and actual animal care practice like nail trimming, laser treatments, dental treatment and handling of medical equipment.

“Dealing with death, which has often happened” was part of the twinning. “I learned about teamwork, professionalism, conversing with customers and employees, time management,” and more.

Now a life member of the Girl Scouts, Nugent started out as a Girl Scout Brownie in grade two. The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed a Girl Scout trip to the Azores in her final year, which she looks forward to the year ahead. She also traveled with Girl Scouts to Hawaii, England, Ireland and New York. She enjoyed camping and participating in Girl Scout Jamborees. The Girl Scout Cookie program made her business possible, as she sold over 1,000 packages to pay for her trip to Hawaii.

Nugent graduated from Merrimack Valley High School last spring, where she was a three-season varsity athlete, played flute and piccolo in the marching band and jazz band, sang the soprano in a vocal ensemble, all by obtaining a GPA of 3.98. She is now a freshman at the University of New Hampshire studying Biomedical Sciences with the intention of pursuing a full four-year veterinary education. She looks forward to working with dogs, cats and other small animals, possibly as a surgeon.

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