Veterinary Technology Program Chair, Kim Sieverding, and Globe University- Sioux Falls students are giving local animals “a new leash on life.”
Partnering with organizations such as the Northern Plains Boxer Rescue, All Cats Rescue, Sioux Empire Pit Bull Rescue and many other area rescues, the program is helping prepare these animals for a new home. While on-campus, animals receive a check-up and necessary care to make them adoptable.
As part of their Small Animal Surgical Assisting class, students examine the animals and test for health issues, such as heartworm and feline leukemia. Students are able to vaccinate the animals, assist with spaying and neutering, and implant a microchip that can help reunite lost or stolen animals with their owners.
Ms. Sieverding sees “… working with rescues and shelters as a win win situation –our students learn how to safely restrain and work with these animals as well as they get hands on experience in maintaining and monitoring anesthesia, blood draw practice as well as performing routine maintance to keep animals healthy. They also learn how to properly document the animals information in records. The rescues and fosters in turn benefit by the animals getting lots of attention as well as all of their health related services done for free which allows them to be adopted so much easier and quicker.”
Learning how to socialize the animals is part of the experience for Vet Tech students. Students train the animals to interact with other cats and dogs and help them become acclimated to home life.
“We see the animals under different circumstances than a foster family, rescue or a shelter,” Sieverding said. “We can tell very quickly if they are food aggressive or they can work well with others.”
Small Animal Surgical Assisting classes at GU-Sioux Falls occur every quarter and typically hold six to twelve students to maximize the opportunity for students to interact one-on-one with animals and instructors. Visitors are welcome to watch students in action from the surgical suite window!