Cancer, Canines, and a Vet Tech Class

Posted by on May 6, 2013

Vet tech class hits the road for a 4-legged cause

On Saturday, a vet tech class at Minnesota School of Business-Elk River hit the road to Ramsey to volunteer at the 2nd Annual American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life event.

“This is such an amazing event to be a part of,” said vet tech instructor Nicole Greenlund. “It’s an event where cancer survivors and families affected by cancer can honor their four-legged companions, who never judge abilities or looks, by proudly taking them on a one-mile walk.”

vet techBefore the walk started, event participants had the opportunity to treat their canine friends to a free nail trim by the Minnesota School of Business vet tech class.

While the students practiced trimming nails on dogs of every size, pet owners shared stories about their beloved pet and took notes of the students’ techniques.

“They did a great job clipping nails,” said event chair Kim Gust. “We were so pleased to have the vet tech students back again for the 2nd Annual Bark For Life event.” 

Along with providing nail trims, the vet tech students held an educational demonstration on dental hygiene and answered pet health-related questions.

Greenlund explained that dealing with clients is an important part of being a vet tech; however, learning how to deal with clients isn’t something that can be recreated in the classroom. 

“That’s exactly why our organization embraces service and applied learning,” said service learning coordinator Nicole Rasmussen.  “We can’t teach everything in a classroom setting—some things you just learn by doing.”


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