Globe University Celebrates Veterinary Technicians in Fun-Filled Week

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Vet tech students learn about the various career options of a veterinary technician.

Written by Guest Blogger: Heather Wipijewski, Globe University-Madison East Veterinary Technology Program Chair

Every year veterinary technicians are celebrated during National Veterinary Technician Week. It allows an opportunity to educate people about the veterinary technology career field. This year National Veterinary Technician Week was October 14-20, and Globe University-Madison East wanted to celebrate our students who have chosen the field of veterinary technology. 

“Veterinary technicians are an underappreciated, hardworking, essential part of any veterinary clinic,” said Globe University-Madison East Resident Veterinarian Dr. Megan Jordan. “They deserve thanks every day. The least we can do is acknowledge the profession for one week.”

The week started with staff and faculty submitting photos of their pets so students and staff could try to guess which pet belonged to which staff member. There were some great guesses. Student Services Coordinator Cassie Chulick and vet tech student Frankie Terre tied for the most correct answers.

Tuesday we held an animal noise contest. It’s hard to describe with words the noises heard, but there is some amazing talent at this school! Vet tech student Keith Bourdon was the big winner with his life-like lion noise. 

Wednesday was a day for students to explore different career options as a veterinary technician. Representatives from the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and Madison College were on campus to speak to students about specialty certification in areas such as anesthesia, surgery and dentistry. Once students graduate with their veterinary technology degree and are working in field as a vet tech, they can specialize just as a human doctor would.

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Heather Steele, Jessie Immell, and Cassie Chulick pose with Henry the Lion before being pied in the face.

Thursday was a blast!  The Vet Tech Club had been holding a penny wars fundraiser for the Henry Vilas Zoo’s new Animal Health Center. The top three people with the most penny money in their jar received a pie in the face. Our lucky “winners” were Vet Tech Instructor Heather Steele, High School Admissions Representative Jessie Immell, and Student Services Coordinator Cassie Chulick. Staff and students were also able to purchase tickets for the opportunity to throw a pie!  Many people wanted to watch the pie throwing happen, including Henry the Lion, the Henry Vilas Zoo’s mascot.

The week ended with the vet tech program holding a spay day for a rescue in Montello named Little Orphan’s Animal Rescue.  All the vet tech staff and five vet tech students participated. We were able to spay five cats and neuter three. It was a busy day and well worth it. Students were able to apply skills they learned in classes and see their instructors in action.

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Academic Coordinator Vic Wipperfurth pies College Representative Jessie Immell in the face.

“The spay day that I attended was highly beneficial to my education,” said student Frankie Terre. “It was an awesome experience, and there was lot of hands-on things to do. Afterwards, I felt so much more confident with my skills that I will use in surgeries to come.”