Globe Veterinary Technician Students Teach Local Scouts Animal Care
Globe University-La Crosse Veterinary Technician students hosted an enthusiastic group of local girl scouts as part of their Applied Clinical Skills class service learning project. Girl cout Troop 4170, twelve girls from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Elementary School, attended the learning event coordinated by Veterinary Technician Instructor Joan McDonah and Dr. Christina O’Neill, Program Chair of the Veterinary Technician Program.
To increase the retention of knowledge the Veterinary Technician students learned in the Applied Clinical Skills class, and to educate a local troop about animal care, the students taught the skills they learned in Applied Clinical Skills to the scouts in a fun evening of interactive learning sessions.
“Through participating in this service learning project, the girl scouts better understand what a Veterinary Technician does. In addition, they learned tips on how to care for their own pets. By teaching the scouts the information they learned in the classroom, the Globe Vet Tech students reinforced their knowledge from the Clinical Skills class. This is a terrific way to apply the skills they’re learning in the classroom and present great information to the scouts,” said Joan McDonah, Veterinary Technician Instructor.
The Veterinary Technician students taught the girl scouts about emergency care for pets, what common foods are toxic to animals, and dentistry tips for cats and dogs. They lead hands-on activities to teach techniques the scouts could use to care for their own animals. In addition, students provided information about the Veterinary Technician profession in our community and demonstrated advanced skills including radiography, bandaging, and orthopedics.
This service learning project benefited both the Globe Veterinary Technician students and the girl scout troop. “One of the focuses of the Junior Scouts is for them to evaluate the roles people play in their community. This field trip helped the students understand the role a Vet Tech plays in caring for animals. The scouts also learned how they can assess the dental health of their pets, how to apply bandages, and what food to keep out of reach from their pets.” Dr. Christina O’Neill, Troop 4170 Leader.