Veterinary Technology students at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus decided it was time to put to rest misconceptions about pet health care and nutrition. To help raise awareness and advocate for spaying and neutering procedures, the students hosted a Pet Health Fair to educate the public.
Jessica Ostendorf, a vet tech instructor and advisor for the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA,) supported the event and stressed that it is, in part, a public safety issue.
“It’s good to give them [the public] reminders that these things are important,” she said, referring to the student display on how to avoid animal attacks.
Basic awareness of pet care and hygiene issues can’t be stressed enough, students said. Dentistry for pets is still relatively unknown and its lack of care can result in serious health problems. As such, students created how-to brochures and demonstrated canine toothbrushing techniques on a model.