Students in the Veterinary Business Practices class with Sarah Leonard, veterinary technology program adjunct instructor at Minnesota School of Business–Blaine, attended the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) conference in Minneapolis, Minn. The conference is held annually in Minneapolis for continuing education purposes for certified technicians and veterinarians. There are many educational classes offered as well as booths set up by vendors and service providers in the animal care field.
During their visit to the conference, the students had the opportunity to meet with Jim from Midwest Cremation Services based in Anoka, Minn. He explained the cremation process and the options available to clients. Clients have the option to be present during the cremation if they so desire. The pet can be cremated alone, or as part of a group. In the latter case, clients do not get ashes back. They can even cremate horses and other large animals. Jim encourages students and clients to visit his facility for a tour.
Several students in the class had positive comments to share about attending the conference.
“It was a great experience to see what I will be doing in the future.” —Courtney Olson, veterinary technology program student
“I only wish we could have stayed later to experience more.” —Carole Ann Aulinger, veterinary technology program student
“I thought it was a great learning experience to help us better educate our future clients on the cremation process.” —Britt Schifsky, veterinary technology program student
“It was great to get our feet wet before graduation.” —Bri Rorvig, veterinary technology program student
“It showed us different career options available to us after graduation.” —Nicole Ehne, veterinary technology program student
We would like to express a special thank you to the MVMA organization for allowing our MSB-Blaine students to attend for free. It was a valuable experience. The students are able to take the information they learned at the conference and apply it to their educational experience and their future careers as veterinary technicians.