Globe University-La Crosse vet tech program students took Bob Barker’s advice and made local pets more adoptable in the university’s first Spay and Neuter Day. For this service-learning project, students collaborated with local animal shelters and put their skills to use to help out a community organization in need. Vet tech program students helped perform three dog neuters, two cat neuters, and one dog dental exam on shelter animals to improve the animals’ chances of being adopted.
“The expense of paying for an animal to be spayed or neutered can sometimes be the deciding factor for some families on a budget,” said Amy Stinson, vet tech program chair. If shelter animals undergo the procedure while in the humane society, they’re more easily adopted.
With the supervision of Stinson and vet tech instructor, Joan McDonah, each student applied the skills they learned from their Globe University courses to prepare them for their career post-graduation.
“They performed a physical examination, drew blood for a pre-surgical screen, calculated and drew up drug dosages, administered IM injections of a premed, placed IV catheters, administered IV anesthetics, intubated and prepped the animals for surgery, monitored throughout the surgical procedure, and recovered the animals after their surgery,” said Stinson. “During recovery they trimmed nails, cleaned ears, placed microchips, and vaccinations.”
Kelsey Castro, vet tech student, said, “This was a great experience for all of us. It allowed us to use the skills we’ve learned throughout our program and apply them to a ‘real life’ situation. For me personally, it was extremely rewarding to be able to help out so many animals. My favorite part of the project was talking to the shelter volunteers and seeing how truly grateful they were. It’s great knowing that we made a difference, and it gave me more confidence in my abilities for when I start my externship and eventually my new career.”
This post was written by Jodie Liedke. Liedke, a true Wisconsinite, having labored four summers in a mozzarella factory, received her BA from Lakeland College and her Masters in Fine Arts from Wichita State University in Kansas. Liedke is the General Education and Service-Learning Coordinator, a Creative Quill and Writing Across the Curriculum lead, and the adviser/instructor for GLUWW (Globe La Crosse Writers Write). When not writing creatively, Liedke enjoys watching films, exploring the outdoors, and biking.