Several future vet techs taking an introduction to veterinary technology course at Globe University-Appleton visited the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) recently. As part of their program here at Globe, they will participate in many applied learning projects to gain hands-on experience. The experience at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society was filled with lots of real world experience. Keep reading to find out more!
Directly Helping the Humane Society
Instructor Cynthia Radka summed up the experience by saying, “practice and helping is a wonderful combination.” The students were allowed to take the skills they were learning in the classroom directly into the real world.
Some of the tasks the students assisted with were:
- Nail trimming
- Ear cleaning
- Socialization with the animals
- Observation of surgeries
Tawana Hanaman, OAHS medical coordinator, commented, “I was impressed by how respectful everyone was in the surgery room and how they were very curious. I really liked the assertiveness of one student to jump right in and want to participate.”
A Valuable Experience
Cindy shared that it was an overall positive experience for her students. “They were able to witness the good that volunteers are able to accomplish, making animals’ lives better while waiting for their forever home.
The visit to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society was a great opportunity to showcase different volunteer and career opportunities as well. “It was good for them to see there are outlets of employment for vet techs other than clinic work,” shared Rhonda Velie, OAHS shelter manager.
Advice for Future Vet Techs
As our students prepare for their professional careers, we asked the staff at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society to share some words of advice.
Tawana recommended, “Do volunteering and shadowing, and do as much as you can to see all aspects of veterinary medicine. This is not a field for everyone.”
Rhonda said, “Continue your education! Whether you attend a workshop or do some reading and research, things change and it is important to stay current. Learn behavior. Being knowledgeable regarding behavior will help you at your job and be very beneficial to patients and clients.”
Special thanks to the staff at OAHS, Anna Van Pay, cat adoption counselor; Rhonda Velie, shelter manager; Tawana Hanaman, medical coordinator, and to Cheryl Rosenthal, communications and education coordinator, for making this experience for our students possible.