Sounds of meows and woofs echoed throughout the commons at Minnesota School of Business – Elk River while veterinary technology students assisted Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MNSNAP) volunteers with checking in dogs, cats and rabbits to be spayed or neutered.
“It’s really interesting to see and be a part of the high-volume spay and neuter side to veterinary medicine,” said veterinary technology student Jessica Gross.MNSNAP is a nonprofit charity that was created by a licensed veterinarian and a group of animal advocates with the purpose of reducing homeless animals by offering low cost spay and neuter surgeries to shelters, rescue groups and low-income Minnesota pet owners.
Students in the Veterinary Technology program assisted MNSNAP volunteers with prepping pets for surgeries, cleaning surgical instruments, separating take-home medications, and educating pet owners on how to care for their pets after surgery. Each student also had an opportunity to observe one of the 37 surgeries taking place in the charity’s mobile veterinary clinic parked just a few feet from the front doors to the school.
“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.”
According to MNSNAP, an estimated 90,000 homeless cats and dogs are killed in Minnesota each year due to overpopulation, which can be controlled by pet owners spaying or neutering their animals.
Pet owner Paul Thalhuber understands the need to control pet population 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 because vets want so much money and I’m out of a job, so it’s well worth the drive,” Thalhuber said.
MNSNAP is scheduled to be back on campus on Friday, November 9, 2012 and Saturday, December 8, 2012. If you are interested in taking advantage of MNSNAP’s offerings, check out their website for more information www.mnsnap.org. Openings for spay/neuters fill up fast!