Networking. Volunteer experiences. Preceptorship opportunities. Externship possibilities. The list goes on. Students getting their veterinary technician training at Globe University-Madison East were able to learn more about all of these things when they attended the very first Vet Tech Career Fair on campus this quarter. Local employers were invited to meet the veterinary technology students and talk about potential career options with their facilities.
Employers included Covance, Marshall Pet Care Clinic, Anshen Veterinary Acupuncture, and the University of Wisconsin National Primate Center.
Katie Lanners, a certified veterinary technician at Marshall Pet Care Clinic, participated in the career fair. She is also a graduate of the veterinary technology program at Globe. Having her there helped students see the transition from student to certified veterinary technician.
“Participating in the career fair was a great experience,” Lanners said. “Coming from this campus, I know the level of education that students receive, so I was confident to offer preceptorships and externships to them. I’m looking forward to working with Globe in the future as a professional, as well as alumni.”
It was a great experience to have a variety of employers present on campus. Students were able to learn about acupuncture, research and small animal medicine. The room was continually full of vet tech students as they networked with each employer.
“It was lovely to meet dedicated, excited students with diverse interests and see them become excited by new and different information,” said Dr. Jody Bearman of Anshen Veterinary Acupuncture. “I love spreading the word that there are alternatives in veterinary medicine, especially to such an enthusiastic audience.”
The veterinary technology program will continue to hold career fairs each year so students have the valuable experience of exploring different career options as a certified veterinary technician. Similar program-specific career fairs and events are being planned for other programs later in the year.
Written By: Heather Wipijewski, Veterinary Technology Program Chair, Globe University-Madison East