Vet Tech for a Day: High School Students Visit GU-Madison West to Experience the Vet Tech Program First-Hand

Seventy high school students from Richland Center, Verona and Wisconsin Dells occupied Globe University-Madison West during a veterinary technology and agriculture business preview day.

Veterinary Technology Instructor

Katie Olson, Vet Tech Instructor discusses hematology and parasitology to her guests. Students viewed blood samples and parasites under a microscope during the session.

This event was an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to preview Globe University’s campus and learn more about veterinary technology and agriculture business career fields.  The event included four breakout sessions, which were designed to be interactive and informational to students about coursework and career opportunities with these programs.  The sessions comprised of an owl pellet dissection, a hematology lab and imaging/x-ray workshop.

Darlene Arneson, Foundation Director and Agriculture in the Classroom Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, served as the keynote presenter. Her discussion focused on the structure of agriculture business and career opportunities.

Students really enjoyed the event stating, “I had such a great time! I can’t wait to go to school to be a Vet Tech. I loved it. This was the best workshop I’ve been to. It was a great experience.”

Globe University students

Students dissect owl pellets during their visit in the surgery room on campus.

“Today overall was pretty cool. It was very interesting. It was great to be able to learn more about what Vet Techs do. I loved the hematology session. The staff here is very nice and Globe has a nice environment to learn.”

Richland Center teacher, Fuzz McCauley was impressed as well, “Today, I saw real practical kinds of instruction that was being presented to our students. For high school students it’s a really big deal for them to see what’s practical in what they are being taught.”

Veterinary Technology imaging

Vet Tech Instructor, Ryan Frazier give a presentation on imaging and x-rays. Students were given the chance to wear the required protective gear when conducting x-rays.

Director of Admissions, Jamie Buenzli reflected positively on the day, “The results today were outstanding. We helped over 70 students from area schools searched different career fields such as Veterinary Technology and Agriculture Business. Their teachers were very excited to be here and we were all very happy to help.”

Due to an overwhelming response from other local high schools, a second career preview
day is scheduled for Friday, February 3rd.