What some don’t realize is that it is a must-have for pet owners as well.
Students in Jayde Quigley’s Application of Veterinary Skills class at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth recently gave their Saturday to Cloud Nine Dog Training School in Hopkins to teach pet owners CPR skills tailored towards their canine family members.
The veterinary technology program students also helped Dr. Jeanne Sutich demonstrate the following life-saving procedures:
- Heimlich Maneuver
- Stabilizing broken limbs
- Stopping bleeding
- Taking temperature
- Administering of medicine
According to Quigley, most pet owners don’t know how to properly perform CPR unless they attend a training session. She estimates less than 10 percent of the population knows proper emergency procedures, and the difference in medicinal treatment between humans, dog and cats of all sizes can be substantial.
“In CPR specifically, the main difference is in positioning and technique,” Quigley said. “It’s important to be able to recognize the difference and know when to call your veterinarian, as well as provide support to your animal.”
The veterinary technology students not only assisted and educated attendees on what they need to do during an emergency, but also benefited personally from the experience.The class had the chance to work on public speaking skills, interacting with pet owners and solidified their knowledge of emergency procedures.“Often, technicians run classes for pet owners like puppy or obedience class, so confidence in this setting is vital,” Quigley said. “They need to be comfortable talking with and instructing pet owners. This activity gave them an opportunity to perform in that setting.”
The veterinary technology program at the Minnesota School of Business regularly gives students hands-on learning opportunities while serving local communities. For more information on taking steps towards a career in the veterinary field, click the link above.