Dogs, Cats and Kids Gather For Sixth Junior Vet Camp

Posted by on July 30, 2013

The Junior Vet Camp at the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus is not your ordinary career day. For the sixth time, in conjunction with the Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department, fourteen Plymouth-area youth visited the Minnesota School of Business to get a hands-on preview of life in the veterinary technology world.

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Students at the Plymouth campus Junior Vet Camp pose with a new furry friend.

Veterinary technology students from the Plymouth campus, led by program chair Allina Faul, helped educate students on several different aspects of animal health and wellness.

“It’s really fun to see the kids get excited about animals and what it’s like to be a vet,” Faul said. “You can tell our students and staff feed off their excitement, which really makes teaching and learning that much more fun.”

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

The Plymouth veterinary technology program has offered the class to Plymouth residents for two years. With nearly 100 local youth experiencing the joys of the veterinary world, the class regularly fills to capacity.

“It’s been exciting to see the demand for this class continue to grow,” Community Manager, Matt Marek said. “This quarter we had to add an additional course to meet the demand.”

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Veterinary technology program chair Allina Faul shows several Junior Vet Camp attendees different microscope slides.

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.

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