Using skills they learned at GTC, the students are assisting with spay and neuter surgeries, making the animals more likely to be adopted.
Vet Tech instructor Ryan Cheek says the volunteer work benefits not only the dogs but also the students, who’ve spent long hours in the classroom training for the valuable hands-on experience.
“Everything they’re doing here we’ve spent the last six to eight weeks learning about,” says Cheek. “It’s applying what we’ve learned in class to a real-world situation.”
Cheek says helping out at the shelter will prepare students for the work they’ll do once they enter the work force. Now vet techs in training, the students will one day assist doctors of veterinary medicine who perform spay and neuter surgeries every day.
GTC News visited the students at work in the shelter’s operating room to bring you this special report.