Students in Navajo Technical University’s Pre Vet club visited T’iis Ts’ozi Bi’Olta in Crownpoint, New Mexico on Friday, February 14, to give presentations on being a responsible pet owner, and to introduce kids to careers in veterinary medicine.
T’iis Ts’ozi Bi’Olta is the second elementary school the club has visited in their community outreach endeavors after visiting Borrego Pass Elementary, also in Crownpoint, two weeks earlier. As part of their visit, the club reached out to kindergarten through third grade classes and gave individual presentations that utilized Powerpoints or different drawing books to engage the children.
“We showed them basically what vet techs do such as spaying and neutering and giving vaccinations,” said NTU vet tech student, Teisha Robertson. “We also talked about the diseases animals carry if not vaccinated and why dogs need shelter and exercise.”
The club also brought in their pets to allow students to listen to animal heart rates and each kid was awarded with a treat bag for participating. The treat bag included a dog leash, crayon and coloring activities, and stress relievers shaped as dog bones.
“Each student approached their presentation differently, which is cool,” saidd NTU Associate Veterinarian and Vet Tech instructor Dr. Zoey Benally, who also serves as an advisor to the Pre Vet club. “The kids really enjoy it.”
NTU’s Pre Vet club plans on making two more school visits over the rest of the semester to talk to children from Crownpoint and Standing Rock Elementary.
NTU’s Veterinary Technology program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and provides practical hands-on clinical and field experience and formal classroom instruction that focuses on duties and skills to enable students to enter animal health and related fields. According to Dr. Benally, there are about 45 students currently enrolled in the program.
For more information about NTU’s Veterinary Technology program, contact Dr. Germaine Daye at email@example.com or by calling 505-786-4150.