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Kathy Walker-Graves, CPhT

Instructor, Allied Health

Instructor for Penn Foster's Pharmacy Technician Diploma Course
Member American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Member Pharmacy Technician Educators Council
Volunteer Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam Writer

Kathy Walker Graves Pharmacy Technician Instructor

Her pharmacy career began in 1988 working as a pharmacy technician in a small retail pharmacy that was affiliated with the local hospital. At that time, national certification was not available and you were trained “on the job”, OTJ. Fast forward 27 years and she is still working in pharmacy, now as a pharmacy technician instructor providing guidance to future pharmacy technicians.

Her teaching career began in 2011. While working at a VA Medical Center, she began teaching a pharmacy technology course in the evenings at a local community college. In 2012, she made the decision to pursue teaching full time and joined Penn Foster in May of 2013 as Adjunct Faculty. As an instructor, Kathy provides a wide scope of practice experience to her students. Her practice experience includes: federal, retail, institutional, home infusion, mail order, long-term care, animal health, and manufacturing.

What are some of your interests?
I enjoy anything in the great out-of-doors! Camping, backpacking, hiking, gardening, and snowshoeing in the winter. I’m passionate about animals and have worked as a veterinary technician for several years. I’m extremely interested in rehabilitating dogs and consider myself a student of canine behavior.

What types of volunteer experiences have you had?
I have been involved with Canine Rescue for 8 years. My husband and I have provided a foster home, rehabilitation, and care to more than 100 shelter dogs. I have a therapy dog and have previously worked with KPETS, a local agency dedicated to supporting the community with therapy dog volunteers.

What is one thing you could not live without?

Where is the most interesting place you’ve traveled?
The great state of Alaska! I was employed by the National Park Service and was stationed at Wrangle St Elias National Park, Alaska.

What kinds of pets do you have?
I am the pet parent to:

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