The events start with a game in which attendees identify the most common dog breeds, complete mazes to help animals find their way home, determine how much it costs to own a pet, and examine real animal X-rays. Attendees even get to try on the lead gowns that veterinary technicians wear to protect themselves when taking X-rays.
Throughout the evening, students and faculty hold sessions aimed at helping attendees understand how to better care for their pets. Sessions include:
- Physical Exams
Attendees assist in performing a physical exam on a dog, cat and rabbit. They practice looking at the animals from nose to tail and listen to their heart and lungs. Our veterinary technology students discuss what pet owners can do to help keep their animals healthy and happy.
- Home Pet Care
The children are taught why nutrition, exercise, grooming and dental care are important. Students explain what types of food are good and not good to feed pets, as well as how much and often they should be fed. The importance of not allowing a pet to get too dirty is also discussed, and the children are shown how much fun it can be to take care of their pets. The attendees practice cleaning the animal’s teeth, brushing their hair or fur and trimming their nails.
- The Lab
In the lab, attendees learn about a vet tech’s job different duties. Students and faculty show the children various samples under microscopes, describing what vet techs might find when examining these types of samples. After reviewing samples, the attendees are shown how to properly wash their hands so they do not bring any germs home with them. Upon arrival to the lab, everyone uses hand sanitizer lotion that simulates germs. Before they leave, attendees hold their hands under a black light and if they didn’t wash their hands thoroughly enough the “germs” show up bright green.
By the end of the evening, attendees learn and participate in something new and interesting, and students are able to share their classroom experiences with the community through applied learning. The vet tech students and faculty plan to host additional Junior Vet Tech events this year.