Veterinary Technology Students Gain Valuable Experience Through Applied Learning

Posted by on September 24, 2014

Many will say that there is nothing better than the unconditional love that a pet provides. Because of this, it is important to provide our pets with the love and caring that they need to be healthy and happy. Veterinary technology students at Minnesota School of Business-Elk River recognize this and do what they can to learn about the proper ways to take care of the pets that we love so much.

Kenzie Mayer and Ashley Hallbeck, veterinary technology students, prep for surgery at Kindest Cut

Recently, students in the Small Animal Dentistry and Surgical Assisting class had an opportunity to do exactly that and put some of their knowledge to the test during their applied learning project. They had an opportunity to tour and assist at Kindest Cut, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for people in need in Golden Valley.

The class had previously toured the Humane Society in Golden Valley and had the opportunity to examine a variety of animals with dental issues. That, in addition to course objectives discussed in class throughout the quarter, helped the students prepare for the visit to Kindest Cut.

Meghann Kruck, director and staff veterinarian, shared, “Having the veterinary technician students in our practice is an excellent opportunity for them to see many patients in a short period of time in various states of anesthetic and surgical recovery.”

While they were there, the students assisted with four surgeries, a bunny neuter and dog and cat spay and neuters, as well as walked dogs, and cleaned and prepped cats for surgery.

Kruck explained that the students were “…able to help our staff with anesthesia monitoring, surgical recovery, and [they] saw a side of veterinary medicine that is somewhat unconventional versus what is frequently seen in private practice clinics.”

“The students got to see surgical techniques that [also] aren’t used on campus,” added Megan Youngs, dean of faculty and instructor, “as well as look at different pathologies and examine teeth to determine proper treatment plans.”

This opportunity is crucial to the students’ education and training as veterinary technicians. It allowed them the chance to not only observe but also participate in the daily activities that take place at an atypical veterinary clinic.

The work they did was also recognized and “greatly appreciated” by Kruck and the rest of the staff. “We enjoy having the students there to learn more about high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter services and [about] Kindest Cut,” shared Kruck.

To learn more about Kindest Cut, click here.


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