Vet Tech Trifecta: Applied Learning, Educating and Fundraising—Four Paws at a Time

Posted by on May 15, 2014

Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB) veterinary technology students from several courses and the campus chapter of Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) made a joint effort at the Wyoming, Minnesota, Northwoods Humane Society’s annual Walk with the Animals. Each group represented MSB-Blaine in a different way, including applied learning, fundraising and a field trip all in one.

Posing with pooches

Students from the Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills class fulfilled the applied learning project by designing a dentistry pamphlet for owners, as well as modeling canine teeth brushing demonstrations. Each dog was given a dental treat to take home as a reward.

Dental health is very important for the overall well-being of both dogs and cats. Periodontal disease and gingivitis are common in pets, just as in humans. Long term, the implications of dental disease can cause pain, heart disease and other physiologic conditions.

Students from the Introduction to Veterinary Technology class demonstrated proper restraint of an animal, while performing 20 nail trims, 10 ear cleanings and three anal gland expressions.

Instructor Julie Oglesby reflects, “Students were very eager to participate in this event; they showed technical competency and excelled in subject matter they had previously learned in the classroom environment. Involvement with the community provided a great learning experience for students and clients alike. Owners were also educated in the importance of the role that a veterinary technician plays when their pet(s) visit their veterinarian.”

Student Stacy Lynch added, “It was a great hands-on experience and really getting a feel for what it’s like as an aspiring vet tech. I’m looking forward to more volunteering opportunities.”


Students from SCNAVTA raised money for the Northwoods Humane Society by raising pledges from the community to donate to the shelter, which service the northern area suburbs.

Attending the walk were SCNAVTA representatives, Kim Thompson, Hannah King, Dakotah Bolich, Sarah Nelson and faculty advisor Kelly Noyes.

Vet tech student Dakotah Bolich had this to say about her experience, “The walk for animals for Northwoods Humane society was a great experience! I loved participating in something where owners and their companions could all come together and raise donations to help out animals in need. Everyone there was super friendly, and it was a blast seeing all the different breeds of dogs! The care put into organizing the event was outstanding; there was water set up for all the dogs along the walk and a pit stop for the owners. There were plenty of things for everyone to enjoy. I will definitely be doing this again.”

Vet tech student Dakotah Bolich pauses with Hurley

A total of $414 was raised to help defer the cost that Northwood’s incurs for food, lodging and medical care for homeless animals while waiting to find their forever homes.

NHS Executive Director Brenda Farr Selinka expressed her gratitude for Blaine student contributions to the event, “Students took the time to participate in the event, and they showed a true dedication for the career field they were (pun intended) embarking upon and for educating the public on the importance of preventative health care.”

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