Globe University veterinary technology degree students volunteered their time and service at the Village of Bellevue’s K9 Karnival that raised more than $4,500 for a new off-leash dog park. Students in the Introduction to Veterinary Technology class worked with this event as an applied learning project that helped students practice vet tech skills and provided an opportunity for networking.
Jennie Wertel, vet tech program chair said, “The students seemed to enjoy the opportunity to work with the different dogs and provide the nail trimming and bathing services.”
Students worked in various capacities doing dog baths, nail trims, bobbing for tennis balls among other areas. Wertel’s uncle, Ed McMonagle, was at the event offering pet portraits with Early Morning Light Photography. Globe University-Green Bay sponsored the event, donated a silent auction gift, and students donated more than $150 they raised at their various booths.
“I was extremely happy to be able to provide more funds towards the dog park, because people wanted to give more, even after paying admission for their dog,” Wertel said.
The experience proved to be a worthwhile event as students got to experience client communication and networking with prospective employers. Many of the student attendees were encouraged to network so they could start getting familiar within the vet tech community of Green Bay.
Wertel fully supports dog parks, as she believes it is a great thing for a community to have so people can meet up with each other and dogs can become better socialized as well. Having experiences such as this early on in a vet tech student’s program really helps open doors and possibilities to their career and getting out into the community from the start.