Why is There an Alligator in That Classroom?

Posted by on September 16, 2014

Veterinary technology program students enrolled in Andrea Hughes’ Lab Animals, Exotics, and Pocket Pets class at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine got up close and personal with snakes, a turtle, tortoises and an alligator last week.

A speaker from the Minnesota Herpetological Society visit with veterinary technology students at MSB-Blaine

Earlier in the quarter, the class took a field trip to research animal resources at the University of Minnesota animal research facility. Last week, a visitor from the Minnesota Herpetological Society (MHS) came to MSB-Blaine with snakes, a turtle, tortoises and an alligator to educate the students about handling, care and husbandry for these types of animals.

From their website: “The MHS was organized to promote the conservation and husbandry of amphibians and reptiles as well as to educate its members and the public in the importance of maintaining their natural populations and the value of these animals.”

Heather McCay, veterinary technology program student, said, “It was a cool experience seeing the different kinds of reptiles they had.”

“The field trip and guest speaker we had this quarter have been a really good fit for this class because veterinary technicians can work with a variety of animals, and sometimes people forget that we can work in more environments than animal clinics and hospitals. In this class students learn about reptiles, and I wanted them to think outside the box for their future career paths such as working in wildlife rehabilitation or in a research environment,” said Andrea Hughes, veterinary technician and veterinary technology program instructor.

Veterinary technology students learning about a tortoise

Dakotah Bolich, veterinary technology program student, said, “The herpetological society came to our class and brought a bunch of coolers filled with reptiles. She started with the smallest reptile, a lizard, and then went to turtles and snakes. Each snake she brought out was larger in size than the last. There was one cooler left and then out comes an alligator! The coolest thing about the whole day was that the alligator just sat on her lap the whole time and was perfectly content!”

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