On Saturday, Jan. 26, 15 veterinary technology degree program students from Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee joined faculty, community members, local veterinarians and veterinary technology graduates to host a spay and neuter clinic on campus.
Participating students included those currently enrolled in the Introduction to Veterinary Technology and Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills classes.
The clinic allowed students to not only participate and observe the important job-related duties they will soon use in their career field, but it also gave them direct contact with experienced veterinary professionals who were able to mentor the students through the experience. The clinic is a quarterly event on campus that delivers an ideal hands-on learning opportunity for the students involved.
During the clinic, students utilized skills they have learned in class to examine the cats and dogs who were brought in. The event offered services free of charge to local animal rescue organizations. Animals who received the surgeries at the clinic came from Andrea’s Angels, Carver Scott Humane Society, and Underdog Rescue.
“Our goal is to help our animal rescue organizations by providing free spay and neuter services, thereby offsetting some of their costs and allowing them to put their resources towards other needs,” Alesha Schutz, veterinary technology program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee, said. “Having the animals spayed or neutered also makes them more adoptable.”
During the clinic, some of the activities the students participated in included:
- Placing IV catheters in the animals
- Calculating drug doses for each animal
- Administering drugs to each animal
- Preparing the animals for their surgery
- Monitoring the animals during the surgery
- Observing the animals through the recovery process
The clinic was a major success for the Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee students, with 24 cats and dogs being treated over the course of the six-hour event.