Hands-on experience is the focus of the vet tech program at Globe University. And what better way to get that hands-on experience than to work with animals? The veterinary technology program partners with Shelter From the Storm, a local nonprofit shelter that takes in dogs and cats. Students are able to work with the animals, learning important skills such as venipuncture, anesthetic monitoring, IV catheter placement, and overall care.
According to veterinary technology instructor Heather Steele, “Working with Shelter From the Storm is such a rewarding experience. The students are able to obtain valuable practice and the shelter receives free veterinary care for the animals. Everyone wins!”
Many of the animals that come to campus are available for adoption. This can be dangerous in this field, yet quite the perk! In fact, a few of the staff and students have adopted animals that have been on campus.
Student Accounts Representative Kim Martin adopted Butte, a 2-year-old Maltese mix. “I knew Butte was mine from the first time I laid eyes on him,” she said. “Heather Steele took a few of us back to look at the“little white dogs and brought Butte out to meet us. He wouldn’t leave my side, wouldn’t go by anyone else. When it was time to put him back in the kennel, I started to cry! I had no intention of getting a dog—didn’t even want one—until that day. Now he’s part of the family, like he’s been with us for years. Even my 2-year-old granddaughter adores him, and he tolerates her with extreme patience. They are two peas in a pod, with matching personalities, and identical attention spans!”
Even veterinary technology program chair Heather Wipijewski couldn’t resist adopting another dog. While visiting the shelter she fell in love with Lily, an almost 2-year-old Chihuahua. Heather said, “As soon as I saw her I knew she had to be mine. She came to campus and spent a lot of time on my lap cuddling. She came back to campus a second time to be spayed and never went back to the shelter. She now joins a herd of Chihuahuas (5 total) and has totally come out of her shell.”
These are just two of the pets that have found their forever homes through Shelter From the Storm and Globe’s partnership. Each week during the quarter there are new animals visiting campus and new chances for bonds to be formed.