Veterinary technology program students and staff at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth (MSB) had the chance to work with the most curious of young animal lovers recently.
Local youth took their first steps toward becoming the “Doogie Howsers” of the animal world by attending the fifth Junior Veterinary Camp, hosted by Minnesota School of Business and the Plymouth Parks and Recreation department.
The half-day class, led by Bobbie Berger’s Introduction to Veterinary Technology class and Allina Faul’s Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills class at MSB, gave campers an overview of day-to-day activities of a veterinary professional.
“I was very impressed with how much our [MSB] students taught the kids,” Berger said. “It looked like you could see light bulbs turn on in their heads when it came to animal behavior and other topics presented throughout the day.”
The event covered a variety of topics, taught by veterinary technology instructors and students. Some areas of animal science that were covered included:
- Recognizing behavioral cues
- Proper approach
- Pet grooming – nail clipping and brushing
- Heartbeat and inner ear examination
- Microchip placement and scanning
- X-ray analysis
- Teeth cleaning
- Sample analysis via microscope
- Breed identification
Students in MSB’s veterinary technology program also took lessons away from the day.
“Even before the class started, [the campers] were volunteering information and asking questions,” MSB student Henry Weinzierl said. “You could tell they were excited right when we greeted them at the door.”
The class, hosted in partnership with the Plymouth Parks and Recreation, has been a popular option for local youth since its inception in the fall of 2011.
“The Junior Vet Camp has been extremely popular since its first offering,” Plymouth Recreation Coordinator Jessie Converse said. “This class fills within days of being available and parents will stay up until registration opens at midnight to ensure their child gets a spot.”
The class regularly has a waiting list of over 10 people, according to Converse.
“Plymouth Parks and Recreation has been extremely happy with this program,” Converse said. “We hope that MSB has benefited as much as we have, and that this program has sparked interests in the veterinary program and animal care as well.”
For more information on future Junior Veterinary Camps, check the Plymouth recreation activities page and seasonal brochures. More pictures from the day will also be available on the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus’s Facebook page.