Lending Hands, Paws and Claws

Posted by on July 15, 2011

Vet tech students educate clients from Partnership Resources on animal care practices


Kari Johnson’s Application of Veterinary Skills class shared animal care knowledge with clients of Partnership Resources, Inc. (PRI) in a specialized seminar at the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus.

PRI prepares individuals with disabilities to enter the workforce and provides appropriate opportunities for them to play respected and valued roles in community life.

Minnesota School of Business students began the day with a presentation on behavior signals and how to approach animals based on their expressions and actions. Students also explained proper animal handling and provided a tutorial on how to clean kennels, cages and tables.

“I enjoyed this project very much,” said vet tech student Brittni Kuyper. “To see the joy and sense of accomplishment on their faces was very rewarding,” said Kuyper.

The seminar, coupled with PRI’s supported employment services, was designed to help clients obtain jobs in animal hospitals, clinics and veterinary offices. Students identified and addressed the necessary skills required, helping clients pursue positions that aligned with their interests and abilities.

“The project was very satisfying and fulfilling knowing that the group of people we worked with got so much enjoyment and knowledge out of the experience,” said student Holly Mozdin.

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