Local Tech College Offers Program To Help Animals & Educate Students

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By: Kara Duffy
March 13, 2013

Thomasville, GA- Veterinary Technician students at Southwest Georgia Technical College are finally getting a chance to put their skills to use, thanks to a new partnership between the school and the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society.

"We had an animal come in here, she was really emaciated from the humane society," said Kelly Beaty, a veterinary technician student at SWGTC. "We actually helped her and she came back two weeks later and she was totally different looking and that made me feel so good; it made the whole class feel so good."

The program gives students a chance to work with humane society animals by assisting with radiology, anesthesiology, dentistry, as well as spaying and neutering.

"All of the procedures are performed here to benefit the humane society and the clinical experience the students receive is invaluable," said Dr. Bo Curles, the Veterinary Technology Program Director at SWGTC.

Students agree; saying the hands-on-experience has been a huge help in the learning process.

"Using our own animals, we're familiar with them; but using the human society animals that we're not familiar with gives us an opportunity to experience difference personalities," explained SWGTC veterinary technician student, Stephanie Butler.

"When I have homework, it's just words in a book," added Beaty. "When we do the hands-on training with the animals and everything, it comes together. It's finally spelling out the words on the page," she said.

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