Veterinary Technology Students Provide Proactive Solution to Lost Pets

Posted by on July 31, 2012

If your dog has ever gone missing, you understand how heartwrenching the situation can be.  You drive around for hours, sometimes days, yelling out the car window, “Laaaaaaasie”and “Treat!” Then you call every animal shelter and veterinarian within a
20-mile radius, just hoping that some nice stranger has safely brought your dog to one of these places.

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Students Victoria Gastelum and Jessy Nickolauson work on microchipping a client

Thanks to today’s technology and the Application of Clinical Skills class at Minnesota School of Business, twenty-one pet owners will now receive a text message if their lost dog shows up at a vet clinic or animal shelter—no more frantic calling required!

The smart pet owners brought their dogs into Chuck and Don’s Pet Food Outlet in Elk River to be micro-chipped by Veterinary Technology students from Minnesota School of Business.

“Micro-chipping in general is a really good idea and is a really good thing to do for your animal,” says Chuck and Don’s employee, Leeann Eisenschenk.

The micro-chip is about the size of a large grain of cooked rice and gets implanted just under a dog’s skin using a small needle.  During the micro-chipping clinic, it took the students about 30 seconds to insert a chip. Once chipped, the students used a micro-chip scanner to register the chip’s identification number.  The identification number was then used to register the chip in an online database that links the pet owner’s contact information to the chip.

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Students Melissa Bjerga and Jessy Nickolauson greet their next client

“Animal organizations like vet clinics, animal shelters or even your local city pound are trained to use a micro-chip scanner on every animal that comes in,” said Instructor Nicole Greenlund.  “So they can identify who the owner is and get the animal back to its correct owner.”

If the pet owner elected for text messaging alerts at the time of registering the chip, they will receive a text message as soon as their animal’s chip is scanned telling them where their dog is at.

The veterinary technology students held the micro-chipping clinic as part of their applied learning project for class.  “We get all of the hands-on work in school,”said student Jessy Nickolauson.  “But we aren’t working personally with the client at school, but here (Chuck and Don’s) we are talking with clients and helping them out.”

Student Adam Kopel registers micro-chips to pet owners

Applied learning projects are designed to assist students in making the connection from classroom application to real world application and allow students to work on skills that can’t be replicated in the classroom—like building relationships with pet owners.

“I know applied learning is kind of like learning on the job,” Eisenschenk said.  “It’s hands-on learning, which, I think, is the best way to learn.”


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