Applied learning projects are a crucial part of the learning experience at Minnesota School of Business. The projects provide our students a “real world” opportunity to apply the skills they are learning while in class to a project within our community. For veterinary technology degree students at the Shakopee campus, a recent Junior Veterinary Technology event allowed the students to offer their expertise while serving the community.
Students in the Introduction to Veterinary Technology class visited the Plymouth campus of Minnesota School of Business to participate in the event on Saturday, August 3. The event, which partnered with the Plymouth Parks and Recreation, gave children a chance to learn about what it means to be a veterinary technician, and why their own pets visit the veterinarian and what happens during their visit.
Joining Cassie Panning, veterinary technology program chair, and Jeremy Peters, veterinary technology instructor, the students worked with the children to understand more about their pet dogs and their behavior. The students discussed a variety of information important to being a dog owner, such as what a happy dog looks like versus an angry dog and the importance of asking a dog owner if they can pet the dog.
“The Junior Vet Tech event was a great way for our students to get hands-on experience working with members of the community—something that offers a real world look at what it is like to work with clients,” Panning said.
The children broke into small groups where they were able to learn more about the process of a veterinary physical exam. At one of the many stations, Panning helped the students understand what a radiograph is and how it is used to help identify information about their pet’s health. She displayed examples of different radiographs and discussed what each of the radiographs showed.
The event proved to be a success, allowing students to practice both their veterinary and professionalism skills.