“Getting ready for surgery can be pretty intimidating,” says resident Veterinarian at Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud Dr. Carl Larson. Veterinary Technology students have a long list of drug doses to assemble, catheters and fluids to prepare, as well as the dogs and cats to scrub and prep.
Five to six surgeries a day can get long, so Dr. Larson challenged his Anesthesiology students with the ultimate temptation: if they could manage the prep for all surgeries for the day by 5 p.m., he would wear Tinkerbell scrubs the next day. It was a goal that students pushed to meet, and true to his word, Larson donned “the Tink.”
The idea all started, he said, when one day his scrubs got smelly and dirty in surgery and he went to the lab’s rack of spares for a change. “They were all kinda girly: Winnie the Pooh, Tinkerbell and flowers. I ended up just keeping on my smelly one.”
Tinkerbell, however, seemed to be perfect motivation for the students. “He also draws faces on his mask sometimes,” mentions Holly Gazett, Vet Tech program chair.
His whimsical nature seems to be working its magic as students are fully engaged going into finals week.