In February this year, Veterinary Technology (VT) program students and faculty from our Stockton, CA, campus took part in the first Stockton Animal Shelter Canine Wellness Event. 466 animals received no-cost wellness examinations, vaccinations, and microchips, plus an additional 66 dogs received no-cost spay/neuter procedures.
The second event, held in June, was even bigger and better. More than 60 Veterinary Technology students and faculty from our Stockton campus showed up to assist veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and animal shelter staff perform as many as 500 wellness exams, vaccinations, and microchips for the canine companions of Stockton residents.
VT program students and staff collaborated with the City of Stockton Animal Shelter, the San Francisco SPCA, and the Animal Protection League for the event held at the Weber Point Event Center in Stockton.
In addition to the wellness clinic, 41 Chihuahua /Chihuahua-mixes, and 25 Pit bull/Pit bull-mixes received no-cost spay/neuter procedures during the day’s events.
An adoption event also took place to highlight all of the adorable dogs available for adoption through the Stockton shelter. Canine behaviorists, from the San Francisco SPCA, were also on-hand to give behavior and training advice to Stockton’s dog owners.
The event was a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their vet tech skills, increase pet-owner awareness and education, and most importantly, make a difference in the Stockton community.
Veterinary Technicians are versatile employees who perform a range of tasks under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, including surgical nursing, lab work, and office administration tasks. This is a hands-on profession, so Veterinary Technology students enjoy a skills-based approach to their learning.
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