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Vet Tech Students Help Animals get ready for Adoption

Vol State Vet Tech students in the college surgical roomBeaker the dog is about to get a vaccination, but for the moment he’s simply appreciating the attention given by Volunteer State Community College students in the campus surgical room. Beaker is a stray from Sumner County Animal Control. The work by the students will get him ready for what hopefully will be a new home. Vol State is partnering with Sumner Animal Control in a win-win program for everyone, including the dogs and cats.

“If we vaccinate or spay/neuter animals, rescue groups are more likely to take them and get them to foster homes for eventual adoptions,” said LVMT Donna Smith, instructor in the Vol State Veterinary Technology program.

“We’re saving more animal lives than ever before because of the service Vol State is doing for us,” said Sergeant Sean Ryan with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control Division. “It’s a big service to the community.”

The animals get nail trimmings, deworming and a work up of other needs. That includes evaluating samples from the animals under a microscope.

“This sample is from a dog’s ear,” said student Lydia Vaught of Nashville. “I’m looking for yeast or bugs. It’s really good hands-on experience.”

The students also assist in surgery, as Dr. Kimberly Wright, the director of the Veterinary technology program performs spaying and neutering operations. The Vol State equipment includes isoflurane anesthesia and six parameter monitoring in the surgical room and specialized blood testing machines next door.

“We have them assist in surgery,” said Wright. “That gives them the experience they need before they get out to the vet clinics.”

Vol State offers an associate of applied science degree program designed for entry to the workplace. The education prepares students to become veterinary technicians and can be a foundation for a career in animal medicine. The Vet Tech program has provisional accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  For more information about the program visit: www.volstate.edu/VetTech.

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Pictured: Vol State student Whitney Crabtree of Nashville prepares rescue dog Beaker for a vaccination with the assistance of fellow student Leanna Meadows of Nashville.