Vet Tech Students Meet Bob Marley
Published on February 19, 2013 by Staff Writer
On Valentine’s Day, staff members at the Salt Lake County Animal Services welcomed a group of Broadview University-West Jordan students enrolled in the veterinary technology program. The visit was part of the students’ Introduction to Veterinary Technology class.
Following the standard check-in at the front desk, the students were immediately welcomed by a wave of meowing and barking echoing throughout the halls.
First, it was the cats. Broadview University vet tech instructors Dr. Hope Teyler and Tina Watts coached and supervised students as they clipped nails and used proper restraint techniques on the felines. The students were organized in small teams, giving each future veterinary technician the opportunity to perform both functions with ease. Students completed the same tasks with the slightly louder and much bigger canines.
For some students, like Natalie, the whole experience was something new. While restraining Bob Marley, a dog named for his dreadlocks-like hairdo, Natalie shared with us why she chose veterinary technology as her career path.
“Seeing and watching animals suffer in person, or on TV, makes me want to be a vet!” Natalie said.
Helping Natalie with Bob Marley’s buzz was vet tech student Aubree, who had initially wanted to become a heart surgeon for humans, but realized that her calling was with the animal kingdom instead.
Aubree explained that upon graduation, she would like to work for a fast-paced, emergency, in-and-out pet care kind of place–a place like Advanced Veterinary Care located in Salt Lake City. The clinic specializes in surgeries, emergencies, and trauma management.
As Marley’s haircut progressed and we began to see more dog than hair, the group’s third member, Chalon, said that she would rather apply her skills at a shelter than at a clinic. “It seems to me that a shelter always needs more help than clinics.”
The remaining couple of hours were spent performing more clipping, grooming, and baths–things that may sound simple, but due to a lack of personnel, are not performed for days until volunteers come in. The group’s efforts will definitely help the animals prepare for adoption, and in turn, be an excellent applied learning activity for vet tech students.
“I like to take students on tours of shelters,” said Tina Watts, vet tech instructor. “They get to experience the real world, reality, and their attitude is definitely different afterwards.”