Vet tech degree students in Jennie Wertel’s Application of Clinical Skills course at Globe University have created valuable educational videos to help fellow students and professionals in the vet tech field.
As Wertel, veterinary technology program chair, was searching for video examples for her class, she wasn’t able to find any that were high quality and showed the procedures done correctly. Students in her classes had requested a video source that they could watch at home to prepare for class. As technicians don’t do all of the procedures every day, having a video to reference is helpful for a refresher.
Wertel and her students’ response was to create videos that would help other students in the program as well as technicians in the field who may need to brush up on their skills. Students were asked to provide ideas for things that would be helpful for them in class.
Based on student input the class selected three procedures to record. The videos include:
- How to Place A Canine Lateral Saphenous IVC
- How To Place A Canine Urinary Catheter
- How to Place A Microchip in a Canine
The urinary catheter is also a course competency which gives the students a nice introduction to the competency before completing it in class.
Wertel explains, “Working with live animals is intimidating and being able to see it done the way it is supposed to be done will help the students perform better when they have to do the task.”
The students had great feedback from the project and many of them enjoyed creating the videos. Students saw the project through from start to finish by taping the procedure, setting up and doing the tasks, as well as editing the videos.
“Going into the project I was excited about producing these videos and was extremely impressed with the professional quality of the videos the students created,” Wertel said.
Globe University-Green Bay’s veterinary technology program partners with area no-kill animal rescues such as Saving Paws and Critter’s Companion. As a free service to the rescues, students are able to perform routine blood work, assist with surgeries and administer vaccinations. These procedures are done under the supervision of our resident veterinarian.
This project is continuing and will be incorporated in several classes to benefit students and professionals in the veterinary field. The videos will serve as a great resource for current and future veterinary professionals.