For the past several years, vet tech students at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine have had the opportunity to work with Feline Rescue for various applied learning projects within their program. This quarter, the opportunity was given to students enrolled in Introduction to Veterinary Technology with Dr. Ann Edmonds, instructor and resident veterinarian at MSB-Blaine.
Feline Rescue is no-kill cat rescue organization based in Minnesota. Cats stay at Feline Rescue until they are adopted, which could take years. They work with all different cat personalities.
“Feline Rescue is a worthwhile cause, and we appreciate their efforts,” stated Ann Edmonds, DVM. “Students went to Feline Rescue to trim nails and provide needed grooming. While there, they also learned about feline behavior and management of a contagious and zoonotic disease in a shelter setting. This all fit in nicely with our Introduction to Veterinary Technology course content and objectives.”
Liz Bock, vet tech program student, said, “It was nice to be able to help out at an all-volunteer organization. They do work that I am very supportive of. They are a no-kill rescue and try to place even the more difficult cases. I have done only a little bit of volunteer work in the past, and now plan to do more in the future.”
According to their website, Feline Rescue provides “rescue and relief to the homeless and endangered cats…through programs that offer shelter, foster, social and medical rehabilitation, feral and stray management, spay/neuter subsidy, and community education.” Feline Rescue is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. They rely on the assistance of volunteers to keep the shelter running.
“This applied learning project was a good way to practice the skills we learned about in class,” said Emily Booth, vet tech program student.
The applied learning program at Minnesota School of Business is designed to give students opportunities to gain experience in their fields before they graduate, such as this project did for the vet tech students involved.