The Vet Tech Student’s Guide to Success

Posted by on September 11, 2013

The excitement of the veterinary technology degree program at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville can be seen immediately when visiting the veterinary technology building on campus. Students are engaged in a clinic setting, participating in a variety of real-life experiences that directly relate to their future careers. For many vet tech students, the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (SCNAVTA) is a great opportunity to expand their learning and provide a guide for what to expect and how to be successful in the field.

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Students attend to animals during last quarter’s SCNAVTA vaccine clinic.

SCNAVTA offers students earning their veterinary technology degrees a chance to add valuable experience to their resumes even before completing an externship or becoming employed. The student group works with our local community in a variety of ways. Each quarter the students organize a fundraiser, which benefits local veterinary organizations or rescue facilities.

Volunteering is a fundamental aspect of the veterinary technology industry; the SCNAVTA students take this to heart when setting up volunteer opportunities. The group works with community members who either cannot afford veterinary care or are in need of education in the area of pet care.

This quarter, SCNAVTA students at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville are organizing an exciting event that has proved to be a major success for the group in the past. The SCNAVTA vaccine clinic will be held on campus on Friday, Sept. 13, and will offer free rabies vaccines for pets of students, faculty and staff of Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville.

vet techThe students are also working on a new event that will take place during fall quarter to offer spay and neuter procedures to animals from a local rescue facility at no charge. The spay and neuter clinic is another way in which SCNAVTA is able to give back to our community, while providing students invaluable experience.

SCNAVTA meets once a month and offers a variety of officer positions for students. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5, be in good standing with animal care duties and attend at least two meetings per quarter. Those interested in getting involved can join at anytime and should connect with Nicole Nieman, veterinary technology program chair, at

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