Blaine High School students from the Animal Management class came to Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB) on May 3 to participate in a tour of the veterinary technology program department, and learn about the vet tech field. They received an up-front, hands-on experience of what it would be like to be a veterinary technician student, and ultimately a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).
MSB veterinary technology instructors led students through four stations, where they saw firsthand some of the responsibilities involved in becoming a vet tech.
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.
Amber McCollow, college representative at the MSB-Blaine campus, coordinated the visit from Blaine High School students.
“Minnesota School of Business staff is dedicated to giving back to the community in any way that we can,” she said. “One service that we like to provide for students is college preview days. These are days when schools can take a field trip to our campus and explore different career fields. The students can get an idea of what the career field entails by participating in various hands-on activities and listening to information sessions.”
If any high schools are interested in scheduling a college preview day, we can provide bus transportation to our campus. Contact McCollow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-225-8004 for more information.