Veterinarian Technology students at Minnesota School of Business- Elk River put their classroom learning to the test during a recent applied learning project.
The 10 students performed complimentary ear cleanings and nail trimmings for dogs during an event held at Tractor Supply Co. in Elk River on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
The students were able to provide services to about 65 dogs during the three-hour event. Services were offered to foster pets or pets of members of Ruff Start Rescue and the public.
Many of the people that showed up said they were extremely appreciative for the services, especially during the hectic and expensive holiday season.
Several Students said it was a great experience and they had a lot of fun.
“The service learning project was awesome. Getting to have some client interactions along with the different temperaments of dogs gave me an insight of what to expect in a clinic setting. This definitely helped confirm that I’m in the right field of work,” Kami Jones said.
A lot of the students said it felt good just helping people out.
“It was good for a lot of owners to get their pet’s nails clipped and ears cleaned if they do not have the money to go to the vet or to a grooming spa, especially around the holidays,” Sondra Alvarez said.
Sheena Mueller, chair of the veterinary technology program, said she couldn’t be more proud of the way her students worked together.
“This was the first real experience with clients and pets outside of the school and they tackled it like champs,” Mueller said.
Mueller added the event went so well, that Tractor Supply Co. is planning to partner up with MSB again for another pet event.
“I am so blessed to have a wonderful group of students that I have to work with,” Mueller said. “I am confident that this cohort will be a great group of vet techs in the workforce someday.”
If you are interested in working with animals every day, Globe University/Minnesota School of Business offers a two-year degree in veterinary technology. Vet techs work with animals and their owners in environments including small animal clinics, animal research labs, wildlife rescue organizations and equine practices. Learn more about the program here.