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Pythons, Chameleons, Iguanas, Oh My!

June 24, 2016

Veterinary Technology students at Carrington College’s Pomona Campus can’t wait for their selfie with The Reptile Zoo’s guest of honor – a 15 ft. yellow Boa constrictor! The visit wasn’t all scaly fun and games, it was a hands-on learning experience meant to provide students with a sense of what it is like to work in this type of animal care facility.

Reptile Selfie 1

The Reptile Zoo is an educational facility with over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids from around the world!

“As the world of exotic pets and reptiles continues to grow, today’s veterinary technicians must be equipped with the skills and confidence needed to care for these cold-blooded creatures,” said Carrington College Clinical Instructor Dan Taber.

During the visit, trainers spoke with students about the care, treatment and handling of reptiles ranging from pythons to chameleons, anacondas to iguanas, tortoises and more. Students also met reptile star, Mr. Kipling, a Monitor lizard made famous by the Disney show, “Jessie.”

Reptile Selfie 2

“Since being an entry-level veterinary technician is such a hands-on profession, it’s important to use a skills-based approach to learning,” said Taber. “That’s why our curriculum includes laboratory practice on live animals and animal simulators, as well as clinical experience in the field, like our trip to The Reptile Zoo.”

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