From Splashes to X-Rays: Boise Vet Tech Students Assist at Pooch Party
Published on September 19, 2014 by ctannehill
This quarter, students and faculty in the veterinary technology program at Broadview University-Boise participated at Nampa’s 7th Annual Pooch Party Stroll & Splash. The event brought hundreds of dogs and their “people” to the heart of Nampa, Idaho, for a one mile stroll around Lakeview Park and a rowdy splash at the Lakeview Pool. Proceeds from the dog-only event benefited the Nampa Dog Park.
Dog-friendly organizations, like Broadview University, joined in the fun by providing complimentary nail trimming for the furry participants.
Heather Williams, Certified Veterinary Technician and Instructor at Broadview University-Boise, said, “This is a great experience for our students. They are able to spend time interacting with the public and demonstrate skills learned in class including animal restraint, nail trimming and breed identification.”
Veterinary technology student Aubrey Rinker has participated in multiple Pooch Parties. “This is great practice talking with the public,” said Rinker. “It’s also an awesome networking opportunity. In fact, I had a great conversation with a local vet hospital that sounded promising.”
“Networking went beyond employment opportunities at this year’s Pooch Party when Williams and myself were introduced to Gunny, “ said Campus Director Michael McAllister. “As we were in the pool area, one particular pup caught my eye because of his malformed paw. We knew we had to talk with his owner and hear his story.”
Lan Edwards, of Nampa, rescued Gunny just the week before from the Humane Society. She described being inspired by Gunny and his happiness despite his disability. Edwards, curious about Gunny’s malformation, allowed Gunny to visit Broadview University-Boise and be evaluated by Resident Veterinarian Dr. Tami Hinderager and the veterinary technology students.
“Gunny has an unusual and rare congenital deformity,” said Dr. Hinderager. “Thanks to Gunny, the students learned both how to evaluate and diagnose this process but also learned that in the face of an extreme handicap, Gunny can live a happy, active and fulfilled life.”
Holly Morss, program chair for the veterinary technology program added, “Gunny’s visit to the Imaging class provided our students with a challenge. They had to apply the concepts they learned about positioning a ‘normal’ extremity and figure out how to position Gunny’s leg to get appropriate, diagnostic views. The students also had an opportunity to meet and speak with Gunny’s owner. Interacting with a pet owner helps reinforce the necessity of honing client education and professional communication skills.”