Beyond Puppies and Kitties: How Vet Tech Students Maximize their Education

Have you ever heard of the acronym SCNAVTA?  Many people haven’t—unless you are a vet tech program student at Globe University.  SCNAVTA is short for Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, whose mission is to “…represent and promote the profession of veterinary technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members and works with other allied professional organizations for the competent care and humane treatment of animals.”

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The SCNAVTA club at Globe University-Sioux Falls is free for all veterinary technology students on campus.  The club meetings are casual and are used to plan fundraiser events, discuss volunteer opportunities, and find more ways to get involved in the community and with local animal rescue organizations.

At a recent meeting, several current SCNAVTA members shared why they decided to join the club.  Amanda Loomis stated, “To become more involved in my program and activities.”

Mardi Pederson said, “When people came into classrooms, the way they explained all the volunteer opportunities sounded fun.  I love helping people whenever the opportunity comes along.  [It] also looks good on resume.”

Becoming a SCNAVTA member provides several benefits and opportunities to each of its members and to the community through volunteering, networking and promoting the veterinary technician field.  While members are out in the community, they gain hands-on experience and have fun obtaining new skills that they get to share with their peers outside of a classroom setting.

In explaining the benefits current SCNAVTA members have enjoyed, vet tech student Heidi Skancke said, “I have gotten to work at the zoo, helped with fun events, and have fun meeting people from local rescue groups.”
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Amanda Loomis added, “I have gained experience in personal relations and met many new people. Also, it helps to gain experience with animals.”

The club also holds a fun event every quarter to do something as a group, such as going out for dinner, bowling, and having a pizza party or ice cream social. “It is a way for the club to show its appreciation for the members’ hard work of planning, organizing, and working the fundraiser events and volunteering events throughout each quarter and the dedication that goes into being a SCNAVTA member,” Amy Hettinga, SCNAVTA advisor, stated.

SCNAVTA, vet techThe SCNAVTA members like to take the opportunity to give back to the community by donating the funds they raised throughout the quarter to area animal rescue organizations. The members enjoy being able to see that their time and efforts with each event support the care and treatments of the animal rescue organization.