Blaine High School students from the Animal Management class came to Minnesota School of Business-Blaine on January 11 to participate in a tour of the veterinary technology department, and learn about a the vet tech field. They received an up-front, hands-on experience of what it would be like to be a veterinary technology student, and ultimately a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).
Minnesota School of Business instructors led students through four stations, where they saw firsthand some of the responsibilities involved in becoming a veterinary technician.
Station One: Students experienced the imaging/radiology department led by adjunct instructor Julie Oglesby, CVT. They saw real radiology images, radiology equipment, and were given a brief overview of what radiology is.
Station Two: Students experienced what it would be like in an anatomy class. Dr. Bonni Robilliard, veterinarian, led them through some of the internal workings of large and small animals, complete with preserved anatomy specimens that students could touch and explore if they desired.
Station Three: Dr. Ann Edmonds, resident veterinarian, led the students through the duties of a veterinary technician in preparing for and maintaining an animal under anesthesia.
Station Four: Veterinary Technology Program Chair Sara Croft, CVT, led the students through the laboratory setting and had the opportunity to view various specimens under the microscope. They saw examples of internal parasites, external parasites, urine specimens, and blood films.
Britt Schifsky, a veterinary technology student, helped with the event. “I thought volunteering was a great experience for me as a student,” she said. “Being able to see how much my instructors enjoy sharing their knowledge and the high school students who were truly interested in the veterinary technology profession was wonderful.”
Jessica Hamre, Minnesota School of Business admissions representative, said, “I think the students had a wonderful time. They kept on saying how fun it was to see actual body parts from real animals. I even heard some of them say, ‘I never knew that MSB had a veterinary technology program; I think it would be fun to go to college here!”
By Sara Croft, Veterinary Technology Program Chair, Minnesota School of Business-Blaine