4-H Chapters from Winona and Olmstead Counties Participate in Vet Tech Workshop
Rochester, MN – November 19 2011 – Local area 4-H chapters from
Winona and Olmsted counties participated in an on campus workshop designed to
familiarize prospective candidates with the Veterinary Technology program at
Minnesota School of Business-Rochester.
MSB students in Vet Tech Program’s, mentored a total of 30
participants, in two separate 4-H groups, ranging from 4th to 12th
grade. The workshop provided education
on dog bite prevention and canine physical restraint as well as information on physical
examination and laboratory procedures.
Local Veterinarian Mark Wenner, Cascade Animal Medical
Center also conducted two canine spay surgeries, which the 4-H participants
were able to observe from start to finish.
This included surgery prep, surgery and post-op care. Participants,
though not present in the operating room, were able to view the surgeries
through an observation window.
Dawn Devine dean of faculty said, “It was an amazing event
that involved all the Vet Tech instructors, faculty and staff who volunteered
their own animals for the workshop. It
was a true course-specific project tied to a large program and campus effort to
help educate youth about Vet Tech career possibilities and animal care
A number of 4-H participants expressed how much they enjoyed
the workshop. Eva Disbrow said, “I had
an awesome time.” She went on to say her
favorite event was the dog spay. Mikayla
Steilpflug added, “Today was a fun day and thanks for letting us do all this
With the success of the inaugural workshop, the Vet Tech
department plans on conducting a similar event sometime in 2012.