Service-Learning Opens Eyes to Animal Shelter Needs

Globe students assist animal shelter, reinforce vet tech career goals

Introduction to Veterinary Technology students at Globe University-Appleton dive into their passion of working with animals and volunteer their time at Wisconsin German Shepherd Rescue (WGSR). WGSR is a nonprofit animal shelter that started out taking in only German shepherds, but has grown to accept a variety of animals to socialize them and help them find new homes.

“Even though I was only able to donate two hours of my time, I had a wonderful experience at the German Shepherd Rescue in Appleton,” said Bronte Bennett, veterinary technology student. “I really enjoyed working with the wide variety of animals, from dogs to donkeys, and it reminded me why I am in the veterinary technology program.”

Students assisted WGSR staff members bathe, groom and exercise the dogs. They also worked directly with the staff in the daily logistics of running a shelter.

“We were able to see all the work that goes into running a shelter and learned that there are many more shelters out there that need support,” said Sarah Johnson, veterinary technology student.

“I really enjoyed this experience,” said Adam Conley, veterinary technology student, “Going to the rescue organization gave me a chance to gain hands-on experience with animals that I have never worked with.”

Bennett added that this service-learning project inspired her to continue working towards her dream of opening her own animal rescue in the future.