Being a veterinarian technician student at Minnesota School of Business (MSB) opens doors to many different opportunities to expand knowledge and meet industry leaders. Recently, four students from the MSB-Shakopee veterinary technology program had the chance to take part in an industry event—the Western States Veterinary Conference—that had the added benefit of taking place in Las Vegas.
This year was the 86th year for Western States Veterinary Conference. Certified Veterinary Technicians in the state of Minnesota are required to complete continuing education credits to keep their knowledge fresh and up to date with the latest findings. The convention offers over 50 hours of continuing education via lectures, hands-on labs and workshops. This is just one of many veterinary conferences that encourage students in both vet tech and veterinarian programs to attend.
Vet tech program students Abby Smith, Briken Faucette, Maren Pautsch and Cassi Larson accompanied by Cassie Panning, Veterinary Technology Program Chair, attended the convention to expand their knowledge of the latest information as well as chat with vendors about new products available to the profession.
Cassi Larson said, “The best part was learning from Dr. Sophia Yin about behavior. There were so many great classes offered by her.”
Maren Pautsch was enlightened by all of the new products and technology that were available in the in exhibit hall. She said, “I had no idea there were so many different companies offering that many different products all for the use in veterinary hospitals.”
During the convention, Purina sponsored a technician lounge where vet techs and vet tech students could grab a snack or lunch between classes. Students Abby Smith and Briken Faucette also took this chance to give back to animals in need. During Tuesday’s lunch, vet techs were given the opportunity to help make blankets that would be donated to shelters to help gives homeless pets a soft place to sleep. The goal was to make 250 blankets in one day! The students were excited that they got to help them reach their goal.
The convention was a great opportunity for students to learn outside of the traditional classroom setting. They had the chance to hear from experts in the field and get a different perspective on topics that interested them the most.
Written by Veterinary Technology Program Chair, Cassie Panning