Hands-On Experience Benefits Vet Tech Students and Rescue Animals Alike

Globe University-Woodbury campus takes in an average of four dogs and five cats every week from various animal rescue organizations. The main rescue organizations we collaborate with are Pet Project Rescue, Twin Cities Pet Rescue, Luv on A Leash Rescue and Underdog Rescue.

Vet tech student, Shawn McWhorter, and a rescue dog

Veterinary technology students gain hands on experience working with the animals. Our experienced faculty and staff teach the students useful procedures such as physical exams, vaccinations, micro chipping, spaying and neutering. Lab work is another important aspect that the students get to experience, including blood chemistry, urinalysis, and examining fecal samples. Students also have the opportunity to help work with the animal on their socialization behavior, which is extremely important to an animal that is looking for a new home.

Veterinary technology student, Shawn McWhorter, said, “I love working with animals because they do not come with egos or preconceived notions of our many differences. They are, in a sense, simple, loving creatures and the opportunity to learn from them is always rewarding.”

The animals that are taken in and given care are all up for adoption directly through the rescue organization. The animals remain up for adoption, even though they are here at our campus.

The entire experience, including the procedures, are designed to ensure a healthy animal, as well as offer our veterinary technology students real world experience while they are still in school.

McWhorter adds, “Getting to work with the animals at school gets us up close with the various personalities of dogs and cats. It places the challenge of learning from them in a real world situation. Having the excellent teachers watching my back makes for a positive learning experience where mistakes can be made without fear of feeling like a failure.”

Jenna Goveronski, the vet tech program chair, says, “The students gain a lot of hands-on experience with this program, and gain a better picture as to what will happen in a clinical setting. They are more prepared once they enter their externship and graduate.”