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Weathering the Storm: Vet Tech Students Conquer Wind and Rain to Serve in the Community

Published on June 2, 2015 by Karen Newmeyer

By Amanda Black, Administrative Assistant

SUVAS Gera Taylor

Vet Tech Student, Gera Taylor, restrains dog

Wind and rain were not enough to deter the veterinary technology  students at Broadview University, Orem Campus, from helping out in the community. This month’s adventure took place at the Third Annual SUVAS Celebrate Your Pet event in Spanish Fork, Utah. For the past three years, South Utah Valley Animal Shelter (SUVAS) has held this event to educate the community on pet health. Many participants came to share and sell their pet friendly products as well as several groups who came to teach about wildlife handling. Broadview University vet tech students provided general health education. “This is a great opportunity to interact with our fellow community partners. We all benefit from getting to know and work with each other,” said Heather Riggs, veterinary technology program chair.

This year’s education topics included parasite, toxin protection, and disease awareness. All of the posters and education materials were created by the various vet tech classes.  The students also provided complementary ear cleaning, teeth brushing, oral exams, anal gland expressing, and toenail trimming. This provided a great setting for the senior students to teach the newer students how to perform these basic tasks. Vet Tech student, Samantha Christensen said, “My favorite part was getting out and talking about Broadview and teaching the newer students about how awesome it is.”

Between holding down posters, catching flying materials, and assisting visitors, each student had the opportunity to look at the SUVAS SCNAVTA group pictureCropother booths and several students were able to visit with past patients. SUVAS provides the majority of patients to Broadview University-Orem’s vet tech program. This partnership not only helps the students to learn important hands-on skills, but also helps the dogs and cats that come through become more adoptable.

A highlight of the day was the Utah County Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit demonstration. Last summer at Broadview’s All Things Animal Fair, money was raised to provide training equipment for the canine unit. The students enjoyed seeing how the equipment was used, and the trainers expressed their gratitude to Broadview for providing the much needed materials.

Even with the day being cold and rainy, the students look forward to returning next year for the Fourth Annual event.

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