Can You Handle a Boa Constrictor?

Veterinary technology students in Gabrielle Radford’s Lab Animal, Exotics and Pocket Pets class welcomed some slithery friends to their class visiting from the Fox Valley Herp Club.

vet tech degree, snakesRadford, an instructor for the vet tech school at Globe University-Green Bay, organized the visit with Diane Moens of the nonprofit Fox Valley Herp Club. The organization has been around since 1996 and their mission is to educate the general public about reptiles, involvement in related legislation and helping reduce public fear.

 Radford said that the classroom experience enabled her students to learn:

  • How to be comfortable around snakes.
  • How to handle non-venomous snakes like Boa Constrictors, Ball Pythons, King Snakes. 
  • How to care for snakes, including information about feeding, housing, environment, breeding, and signs of possible disease. 

vet tech degreeDiane Moens of Fox Valley Herp Club stated, “Veterinary technicians need to learn about handling snakes and the snake’s environment because they may see them in practice.”

Some of the snakes that students got to see up close and personal included a Rainbow Brazilian Python, Boa Constrictors (including a 12 foot female), Ball Pythons, Western Hog Nose and many more.

Students all enjoyed the learning experience and had some great things to say about the class.

“We enjoyed handling the stupendous snakes!” and, “We had a ball…Python!”

degree in veterinary technologyGlobe University-Green Bay prides its education for the fact it incorporates workplace applications such as this, for students to learn skills and knowledge that they will directly use in their field of employment.  

Veterinary technology students were grateful to not only get a chance to learn about the snakes, but to actually get to work with them one on one. It makes a world of difference when you can actually do the things you are learning about before you get out into the workplace.