Vet Tech Students Host Safety Class for OccuPaws Volunteers

Jerricka Thompson Jones restrains one of the OccuPaws dogs while Allison Swart draws blood.

Tails were wagging on campus as ten OccuPaws labs, accompanied by their raisers, visited Globe University – Madison East for a specialized dog safety class.  Vet tech students in the Application of Clinical Skills and Advanced Office Procedures classes presented on emergency care to the OccuPaws raisers and their dogs.

Topics presented included emergency CPCR, GI emergencies, household toxins, wound care and neuro emergencies. The students also drew blood from each dog to check for heartworm and tick-borne diseases including Lyme.

Allison Swart, Katie Lanners, and Jessica Schroud demonstrate CPCR during the presentation.

OccuPaws is an innovative, creative, and lifesaving organization dedicated to empowering the visually impaired while raising awareness and education for both adults and children. Their mission is to place fully trained guide dogs of excellent health and temperament with Wisconsin and contiguous state residents who have visual impairments at no charge.

“Working on this project allowed my students to learn more about the role of service dogs in the community while giving them invaluable experience communicating complicated ideas to clients, ” said Vet Tech Instructor Suzanna Schulert.  “The students loved meeting the dogs and demonstrating their knowledge of emergency care.”

For more information about OccuPaws, visit their website at