Globe University-La Crosse Vet Tech Students Succeed with Hands-On Learning
On any given school day at Globe University-La Crosse, a person can hear kittens meowing, pass a dog in the hall, find rabbits bouncing in the labs, or even see iguanas, chinchillas, turtles, Anna May the chicken, or other pets in the classrooms. The animals on the Globe-La Crosse campus are special guests essential for the hands-on learning that the veterinary technician students receive in the classroom.
“One of the most important aspects of the veterinary technology program is providing students with the opportunity to gain practical skills through hands-on training with a variety of live animals. The animals also benefit from this arrangement because they receive much needed preventative care and treatment to keep them healthy, and in some cases, more adoptable to a potential new owner. It is a win-win situation all around for our students and the homeless and service animals in our community,” said Dr. Christina O’Neil, Chair of the Veterinary Technician Program.
In order to have animals available for classes, Globe University-La Crosse partners with several wonderful organizations. The Coulee Region Humane Society and La Crescent Animal Rescue, along with animal rescue and shelter organizations in Vernon, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Crawford counties are all strong partners with Globe University-La Crosse. These organizations benefit from their shelter animals receiving care at no cost. Globe students and staff provide examinations, spays and neuters, dewormings, preventative care, and training to multiple shelter and rescue animals in the area. In addition, Globe Vet Tech students attain hands-on skills in their classes.
For students to gain experience providing care for large animals, they attend field trips to area farms. Classes regularly visit Clearwater Farm and private farms for training with horses, cows, pigs, donkeys, goats, and other large animals.
“It’s important to not only learn from your successes, but from your mistakes as well. Having animals in the classrooms gives the Vet Tech faculty the opportunity to guide students through procedures with animals that they’ll be using in their future careers. In the classroom they have the opportunity to perfect their skills before becoming employed,” said Nancy Unnasch, Vet Tech Faculty.