On Oct. 14, 2016, seven Veterinary Technology students and staff from Globe University-La Crosse attended the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association (WVTA) Convention. The convention was held for three days at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, and was held by the WVTA, a nonprofit organization made up of veterinary technicians and a health care team.
The Veterinary Technology program paid the $125 entrance fee for five students who wanted to attend the convention to gain more educational experience.
“There were five different seminars per hour that you were able to choose from. Veterinarians had assigned seminars but the Veterinary Technology students were able to pick and choose based off of their interest,” said Lexi Nelson, one of the Veterinary Technology students who attended the conference.
There were a variety of seminars with something for everyone. “You could go from learning about taking care of senior horses, but then the next seminar could be totally different where you could learn about neonate puppies and kittens.” Lexi advises though that it is not for everyone, “I think this is a good opportunity for students in Veterinary Technology,
“You could go from learning about taking care of senior horses, but then the next seminar could be totally different where you could learn about neonate puppies and kittens,” Lexi advises that it is not for everyone. “I think this is a good opportunity for students in veterinary technology, however, newer students to the field might be lost with the terminology being used at the seminars.”
Lexi said she would attend the WVTA convention again next year based off of her experience at the convention this year. The WVTA provided all attendees a free one-year membership to return to the convention and can be used at any time before 2019.
“[Attending the convention] is a great way for our students to be able to hear and learn from a variety of speakers/topics throughout the day,” said Program Chair of the Veterinary Technology program Amy Stinson. “I love being on the learning side along with the students and discussing the topics afterward.”
Written by Leslie Carlson, Admissions Representative at Globe University-La Crosse.