Applied Learning: Taking Veterinary Dental Techniques to Meridian High School
Published on December 10, 2014 by Staff Writer
Last month, the Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills class from Broadview University-Boise shared dental techniques as part of an animal science pathway capstone class at Meridian High School.
The presentation was for high school seniors in the veterinary internship class. Many of the students in the class are interested in becoming veterinary technicians or veterinarians.
“We did a presentation,” said Eva Gann, a BVU veterinary technology student. “I brought in my cat, Lord Tubbington, and Mista Brock brought in her dog, Killian. We showed them how to brush animals’ teeth; dental care is important to learn.”
Mista added: “Killian really liked it. He’s an unofficial therapy dog.”
Steve Wilder, a Meridian High School teacher, appreciated the veterinary students’ hands-on presentation style.
“It was very well done; they were well prepared,” he said. “The use of live animals was very appropriate for this class of senior high school veterinary students. They enjoyed the presentation and are interested when students three to five years older them are actually finishing their degrees.”
Dr. Amy Albrecht, a veterinary technology instructor, was also pleased with how Eva and Mista shared their knowledge.
“The presentation provided people closer to their age and animals for the high school students. It’s something different than their normal routine,” she said. “They did a great job with interacting with students and getting a deeper understanding of the information.”
For Mista, the presentation made her think beyond getting her veterinary technician degree.
“It definitely made me think about teaching and not just being a vet tech. It was a good way to learn to talk to others,” she said.
Steve hopes to bring a new class of 24 seniors to tour the Broadview University-Boise campus next semester.
“The tour shows them a facility that could be a possibility for them,” he said. “Students may decide not to pursue animal science after completing the pathway, but hands-on experiences in real-life situations are what kids need to see.”