Broadview University Veterinary Technology Student’s Passion for Preventative Care Inspires Workshop
Published on August 12, 2014 by Staff Writer
“Most animals visit a veterinarian for vaccines or acute illness and not for a general yearly check,” said Abbey Burgess, D.V.M. “The goal of annual exams is to ensure a lifetime of pet wellness and to optimize the pet’s longevity and relationship with the owner.”
At Broadview University, Burgess recently presented the workshop: “The Importance of Preventative Care.” The idea for the workshop was inspired by veterinary technology student Audrey Rinker’s passion for preventative care.
“I wanted to do something where general information on preventative care would be provided and something to get the word out to people,” said Rinker.
Rinker works with Burgess at All Valley Animal Care Center, and Burgess agreed to speak about animal preventative care. Along with her fellow SCNAVTA (Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) classmates, Rinker organized the workshop for students, staff and the general public.
In her presentation, Burgess outlined the vaccines and treatment needed to prevent potential diseases in dogs and cats at various ages in life. She also highlighted the financial advantages to keeping your pets vaccinated versus treating them for a disease.
“Parvovirus is really a difficult virus to get rid of,” said Burgess. “Diagnosis and treatment can range from $200 to $2,000, and vaccines cost $18 to $20 at most veterinary clinics.”
Burgess also touched upon pet nutrition. “The most common question I get,” said Burgess, “is what should I feed my pet? Feed it the highest quality diet that you can afford.” She also recommended to look for recognizable ingredients on the food’s label.
Microchipping was another preventative step that Burgess endorsed. “It’s always a good idea to microchip your pet—cat or dog,” said Burgess. “You have a higher chance of reconnecting with your pet if they are microchipped.”
The twenty people that attended the workshop were a mixture Broadview University staff and students and members of the general public.
“I thought Dr. Abby offered an amazing presentation with lots of information for the general public,” said veterinary technology instructor Heather Williams.
Rinker thought that the workshop was good for veterinary technology students in the audience who will be educating clients about preventative care in the future.
Fellow classmate Shari Pendley said it was a “great presentation with lots of information for short amount of time.”
Rinker also like that Burgess covered preventative measures for geriatric animals. “People do not get enough information about what to do for pets later in life.”