Dentistry and Clinical Practices is one of the newer classes in the veterinary technology program at Minnesota School of Business (MSB), and includes an applied learning component. This quarter, at MSB-Blaine campus, veterinary technology instructor Dawn Harvego is using this opportunity to give her students a chance to experience dental charting, instrument cleaning and packing, and dental cleaning with Kindest Cut, a local nonprofit organization, and MSB-Plymouth.
The following description is from the Kindest Cut website:
“Kindest Cut is a fully equipped mobile surgical unit, led by licensed Veterinarian Dr. Meghann Kruck, that will travel to various Minneapolis/St. Paul locations to offer high quality, low cost spay/neuter pet surgery. Services are directed to people of limited means and to animal rescue groups in need of these surgeries.
Kindest Cut is in partnership with the Animal Humane Society whose generous donors have funded this effort, realizing the importance of preventing unwanted pet litters. Every day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States. More than 60 percent of them are unwanted and will be abandoned, oftentimes brought to a shelter or rescue organization. Kindest Cut and Animal Humane Society believe animals in our community deserve better.”
In preparation of their visits to both Kindest Cut and MSB-Plymouth to practice their skills learned in the classroom, the MSB-Blaine students had the following to say:
“I’m excited to go to the Plymouth campus to see the dental X-ray because I have never seen how dental X-rays are done in person … just in videos,” said Amanda Bredeken, veterinary technology student.
“I like that we will have a chance to help out such an amazing organization and see the good we are putting out there with Kindest Cut,” said Robin Sams, veterinary technology student.
“This will be a good learning experience to take radiographs of mouths. Learning the correct way to position the animals will be helpful too. I am very happy that we are able to give our time for the animals and their owners,” said Ashley McAllister, veterinary technology student.
Stay tuned for a follow-up story next month, when we talk with the students after completing this much anticipated applied learning project.