Five lucky high school students were selected to participate in the quarterly “A Day in the Life of a Vet Tech” at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth (MSB). There were a limited number of spots, and the students were selected based on their letter of recommendation and their essay about why proper care of animals is important in today’s society. Each student received one-on-one attention and had the chance to really experience what it is like to be a vet tech.
The event was led by the Veterinary Technology Program Chair Allina Faul, and Resident Veterinarian Dr. Whitney Woelfle. Current MSB vet tech students also played a central role and were paired with each of the guests to serve as a buddy throughout the day’s events.
Along with shadowing the students, the high school students observed first hand: physical exams of the animals, injections, intravenous catheter placement, airway control and surgical scrubbing. Students were also able to stand in the surgery room next to the veterinarian to get a better view of a spay and neuter procedure.
Overall the day was a huge success! The high school students got to ‘try out’ a career for a day while the students and staff got to show off their skills.
“People don’t always know what a vet tech really does. This event helps high school students understand the critical role that technicians perform on a day-to-day basis. After this event, the participants can use this experience to help determine if this is a possible career choice,” said Allina, who has had over 10 years of experience in the field.
The current MSB vet tech students also had fun, “We enjoyed participating in ‘A Day in the Life of a Vet Tech,'” said MSB vet tech student Kelsey Perkins. “It has been one of the highlights of the quarter.”