Veterinary Technology Students Show “All Paws on Deck” Attitude

Globe University Partners with Neenah Animal Shelter for Needed Assistance in Daily Operations

Students in the Veterinary Technology Program at Globe University-Appleton gained valuable experience while spending time with staff, volunteers and animals at the Neenah Animal Shelter during the past year.

Through an ongoing service learning project, students were faced with differentiating common behavioral problems in dogs and cats while examining the role that a veterinary technician can play in assisting owners with possible solutions. They also were able to use important interpersonal and public relations skills in their field.

Service Learning Coordinator Amanda Loewen felt that the students left the shelter with a more positive perspective of what the organization does on a daily basis—along with also finding a new respect for the operation end of things. “Students were surprised by the number of animals that are abandoned in our community,” Loewen said, “They have a new perspective on why such organizations exist – and the need for these organizations in our community.”

Students were also alarmed by the number of resources that are required for the shelter to operate. They were able to take a look into the operations of an animal shelter by following up with adoptive parents, cleaning the animal cages/rooms, animal exercise, grooming, and helping with animal socialization.

Staff members at the shelter were also able to instill more knowledge in the Veterinary Technology students by providing learning opportunities throughout the project. Even more so, having the students at Neenah Animal Shelter provides an opportunity for the staff to receive assistance with their daily routine and operational duties, all while providing the necessary real-world experience for the students.