Globe University-Madison West Students in the Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills class dedicated two Fridays performing dental cleanings for cats at the Dane County Humane Society. The students were able to provide six cats with freshly clean healthy teeth.
The Vet Tech students were responsible for monitoring the patients under anesthesia, performing dental prophylaxis which included scaling and polishing each tooth and assisting the veterinarian with dental extractions. The Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills course is focused on dentistry for cats and dogs which covers dental anatomy, dental instruments, common dental conditions and procedures. These students are required to understand the importance of dental health and cleanings because they will become a key member of the dental health team once in practice.
The students involved found it to be very rewarding. Veterinary Technology student, Kelly Lewis explained, “It’s great to be able to learn and help out our community by getting to do trips to places like the Dane County Humane Society.”
Madison West Instructor, Ryan Frazier added, “This has been by far my favorite service learning project. Dental health in pets goes unnoticed by owners unless they have their veterinary clinic staff talking about it. This project not only helped adoptable cats and dogs have pearly whites when a possible owner comes but also gives the students an extra chance to get out and practice their new skills.”