Written by Hayley Cluever, Veterinary Technology Program Chair at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee
We are excited to announce that there have been invaluable opportunities within the Veterinary Technology Department at the Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee campus for engaging in volunteer services for the community.
In September 2012, our staff and students participated in our quarterly Spay and Neuter Clinic. With our combined efforts we successfully spayed and/or neutered 20 animals for the Carver Scott Human Society and for Underdog Rescue. These animals come to us through the rescues, often with unknown histories and troublesome circumstances. Our goal with each clinic is to prepare these animals for future adoption to loving homes. It is also a priority to reduce the population of unwanted, neglected animals in the community.
This was a combined effort of volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students from the school and the community. Students from both the Lakeville and Shakopee campuses participated in this quarter’s clinic. The experienced vets and vet techs worked to help mentor and teach the students essential technical skills needed to be successful in their veterinary careers. Students performed tasks such as:
- taking histories from rescue representatives
- performing physical examinations
- recording patients’ vital signs
- placing intravenous catheters
- calculation and administration of anesthetic drugs
- preparing patients for surgery
The most exciting part for many students is the opportunity to observe and learn from experienced technicians and veterinarians in the areas of surgical assistance, anesthesia induction, anesthesia maintenance, and recovery after surgery. These are crucial areas of learning for our future graduates and they all did a wonderful job of taking initiative and helping when needed. We couldn’t have done it without our students!
Within approximately six hours, 20 animals were successfully spayed and/or neutered thereby preventing them from producing unexpected future pregnancies. This was a daunting goal with immeasurable feelings of accomplishment and reward. We look forward to each opportunity we have to volunteer our services to the community!