Vet Tech Students Put Their Promise into Practice

The Vet Tech Oath

“I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and promoting public health.”

Each quarter, students at Globe University’s veterinary technician school have the opportunity to not only remember the oath they have taken, but also to put it into practice by participating in the annual Spay and Neuter day on campus.

It Takes a Team

This quarter, seventeen students were on hand to help animals from the Crawford Area Shelter for Animals (CASA) and Tina’s K-9 Rescue have a better shot at adoption.

Students prepping a patient for surgery

The students were carefully monitored and led by Dr. Elayne Haas, program chair: Amy Stinson, CVT, Dr. Amy Humpal-Hoscheit, and instructors Joan McDonah, CVT, and Kari Laumb, CVT.

Each member of the team played a part in performing surgeries, assisting and guiding students, and keeping the day running smoothly.

Blood Tests

To start, students took blood from the animals to make sure they were all healthy enough for the procedures. Lorali Mickleson was one student who took on this duty.

The blood test performed for the canines is called a 4DX test, which tests for four diseases: tick borne illnesses such as, Lyme’s Disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma, and Heartworms, contracted through mosquitoes.

Lorali began by creating blood smears on a slide. “After I let it dry, I can look at it under the microscope,” she said.

By examining the slides, platelet abnormalities and red blood cell changes can be identified and detected. “This is a big part of what we’ll be doing in practice and in our jobs,” Lorali concluded.

Exams and Anesthesia 

Dr. Elayne Haas performed physical exams with the help of students who practiced their restraint techniques. Despite the serious nature of the day, a little humor crept in when even the best restraint couldn’t stop a dog from sneezing in Dr. Haas’s face.

Dr. Haas performs a physical examination

While blood slides and physical exams were being completed, Emily Koresh and several other students worked on drug calculations.

“We are getting our pre-op anesthetic drugs, our induction agents, and pain medications perfect for the surgeries,” she said.

Emily will soon begin her externship as a vet tech, so she saw the value in her volunteer efforts. “It was a valuable experience because if you’re in a clinic setting, there will be more surgeries to perform, as well as surgery monitoring.”

Giving Back to the Animals

One student, Sacha Hansen, noted the importance of this event for the shelter animals and those who might wish to adopt a shelter pet.

“I enjoyed everything, but my favorite part was being able to help people that can’t afford to get their dogs spayed and neutered, like shelters,” she said. “It’s a nice way to give back.”

Program chair Amy Stinson, CVT, recapped the hard work of the students through the numbers. “In all, there were two feline spays, one canine spay, one canine neuter/dental, one feline neuter, and two canine dental procedures,” she said.

Students not only experienced the procedures, they also were able to assist the animals in recovery. “While the animals recovered, students also trimmed nails, cleaned ears, expressed anal glands, micro-chipped and vaccinated, as well as completing the medical charts,” Amy noted.

By early afternoon, every procedure was completed, the rooms had been cleaned up, and seven shelter animals were made more adoptable to a “furever family.” As the last details were completed on the successful day, seventeen exhausted students headed home with yet another example of hands-on experience to their names. 

If you are interested in adopting one of the animals helped through Globe’s Spay and Neuter Day Event, please contact either CASA at (608) 648-2461, or Tina’s K-9 Rescue at (608) 272-3064.