Minnesota School of Business-Blaine sent four veterinary technology program students to Northwoods Humane Society to help out at the Walk for Animals. The Walk for Animals is an annual fundraiser for the local Humane Society. The students, Danielle Young, Ann Kitchell, Ashley Kerr and Brittney Rivera, assisted at the event as part of their applied learning project for the introduction to veterinary technology class, required for their program.
Students were able to perform nail trims, clean ears, and do anal gland expression, while practicing their restraint skills.
Ashley Kerr, veterinary technology program student, said, “These are the skills we learned here in lab! It was fun to be out in public, helping animals and practicing the skills we learned in class. Another fun thing was playing ‘name the breed’, as knowing different dog breeds is something we also learn in class. This is important because some diseases and illnesses follow certain breeds’ heredity.”
“Restraint was different in this environment than in class, as there was a lot going on, so many dogs wanted to play or move around. We were able to see why good restraint technique is important to the veterinary technician, as well as the team work it takes to get the job done,” said Danielle Young, veterinary technology program student.
Kelly Noyes, veterinary technology program instructor, said, “Through the efforts of SCNAVTA at MSB-Blaine, we raised $1,060 for Northwood Humane Society, in addition to helping out at the Walk for Animals! This is most impressive for Bethany LaCasse, veterinary technology program student, who raised $380 of the total on her own!”
Joining the introduction to vet tech students on the walk this year was Bethany LaCasse, her friend Chris, Kelly Noyes, veterinary technology program instructor and SCNAVTA advisor, friend Steve and veterinary technology program graduate and former SCNAVTA member Kim Thompson. Jordan Hotchkiss and Adrienne Aron were unable to attend, but still raised funds for the endeavor. It was a very successful event!