Teaming Up to Help Control Pet Population

Posted by on July 15, 2011

Vet tech students partner with nonprofit to provide low-income pet owners inexpensive surgeries


Meows and woofs echoed throughout the commons at Minnesota School of Busines –Elk River while vet tech students assisted Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MNSNAP) volunteers check in dogs, cats and rabbits for surgery.

“It’s really interesting to see and be a part of the high-volume spay and neuter side to veterinary medicine,” said vet tech student Jessica Gross.

Instructor Tammie Black’s Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills class created this service-learning project to help MNSNAP volunteers prep pets for surgeries, clean surgical instruments, separate take-home medications and educate pet owners on caring for their pets after surgery.  Each student also observed one of the 37 surgeries in the charity’s mobile veterinary clinic.

“I helped with paperwork and helping the pets recover,” said student Dawn Richards. “But what I appreciated the most is pet owners doing their part to help control pet population and being grateful that MNSNAP exists.”

A licensed veterinarian and a group of animal advocates created nonprofit MNSNAP to reduce animal homelessness by offering low cost spay and neuter surgeries to shelters, rescue groups and low-income Minnesota pet owners.

Pet owner Paul Thalhuber understands the need to control pet populations and drove more than an hour to Minnesota School of Business to drop off Tobey, his family’s cat, to be neutered. “It’s a great program…I’m out of a job, so it’s well worth the drive,” Thalhuber said.

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