Ten Dogs of Summer
Published on September 8, 2015 by Staff Writer
Ten dogs at the Meridian Valley Humane Society recently got the chance to cool off from the summer heat. Five veterinary technology students (Lael Alexander, Camille Bujold, Summer Gates, Julie Knoecklein, and Ashley Powell) from Broadview University-Boise bathed the dogs, trimmed their nails, and cleaned their ears.
“It was great,” said Lael.
For the students, it gave them the opportunity to use the skills that they learned in their introduction to veterinary technology class.
“They did basic grooming,” said veterinary technology instructor Heather Williams.
Grooming the dogs also gave the students experience with handling animals of various dispositions.
“Some were hard to restrain,” said Summer. Lael added, “One dog would let no one touch her.”
“These animals are more timid and outside of their comfort zones when placed in a shelter situation,” explained Dr. Tami Hinderager, Broadview University’s Regional Veterinarian for Idaho and Utah. “This makes them a little harder to work with.”
The Meridian Valley Humane Society is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to caring for and re-homing dogs to loving homes. Their facility offers daily interaction, socialization, and foster care for homeless dogs waiting for their forever homes
“The students did a great job preparing these pets by bathing, grooming, and doing toenail trims,” said Dr. Tami. “We want to ensure that they feel safe and happy but still get them ready for adoption.”
Heather thought that the students’ efforts made a difference. “The dogs benefited by being groomed and bathed, and hopefully, the dogs become more adoptable,” she said.
Dr. Tami described how this hands-on experience assisted the students and the community.
“With this special group of animals, the students got a chance to practice what they will be doing for their jobs while giving a little back to our community,” she said. “The students were really grateful to Meridian Valley Humane Society for letting us have the opportunity to help.”