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Superior High School senior Tara Carlson (right) holds Polar Vortex, a cat who lost his tail and ear tips to severe frostbite, as Dr. Bob McClellan examines his paw Friday at Superior Animal Hospital. Carlson started working at the animal hospital over the summer through the Youth Apprenticeship program. The job helped steer her future career path. (Maria Lockwood /

Teen apprentices try out careers

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One blood draw shifted Tara Carlson’s future.

“Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to go into working with animals, and at first, I thought I wanted to be a vet,” said Carlson, a Superior High School senior.

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