Nearly 60 students from the community visited Minnesota School of Business-Blaine to dive into the field of veterinary medicine. The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) program offered this class through the Anoka-Hennepin Community Education program. This is the second consecutive year the class has been offered at the Minnesota School of Business campus, with staff and faculty from the veterinary technology program sharing their knowledge.
The students broke into four groups and participated in four stations:
- Station #1: Microscopic Organisms – Angie Buettner, vet tech instructor, led the students as they learned about and viewed samples and specimens under a microscope. This is part of the daily job for a veterinary technician!
- Station #2: Physical Exams – Students learned from Sarah Lemm, veterinary technology program chair, about how veterinary professionals perform physical exams with live animals.
- Station #3: Radiology – Students learned about how veterinary technicians play an important role in taking X-rays and providing veterinarians with very important diagnostic tools. Julie Oglesby showed some real X-rays for the students to study.
- Station #4 – Anatomy Grossology – Students learned about anatomy with a real cat cadaver and sheep organs! Ann Edmonds, resident veterinarian, gave the students an opportunity to get up close and personal with the parts on display. They even had the opportunity to touch them!
Julie Kresh, service learning coordinator, and Ann Edmonds, resident veterinarian, organized the event. Kresh emphasized the importance of promoting science and math early on so that students are aware of some of the things those skills will be used for in certain professions.
Four sessions were offered to students in grades six through nine. There were three middle school sessions and one high school session.
“Students had the best time!” said Kresh. “They get to touch and explore things in a professional environment that they wouldn’t get to elsewhere. A couple of students from last year came back again this year!”
According to Edmonds, “The camp is a fun, informal way for us to share our excitement about science and veterinary medicine.”