HCC’s veterinary technology students have stayed busy this month participating in on- and off-campus community events! On October 24th, members of the vet tech club participated in the Career and College Fest held by Hillsborough County Public Schools CTE and the Hillsborough Education Foundation at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This event is a showcase allowing public school students and their parents to explore workforce or college pathways in Hillsborough County and the surrounding area. HCC veterinary technology club members were there to share details about the vet tech program, demonstrate training models, and offer insight about the veterinary field to middle and secondary students attending the event. They were also able to network with attendees from Tampa Fire Rescue, and look forward to collaborating on a project to provide animal oxygen administration equipment to area rescue vehicles lacking those supplies.
Three volunteer veterinarians and over a dozen students from all classes of the veterinary technology program came together on the Plant City campus November 4th to participate in a feral cat spay day. Thirty-one feral cats trapped in Hillsborough County were sedated, examined, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Students practiced skills they have learned during animal laboratory classes such as administering injections and fluids, surgical clipping and prepping, and obtaining blood samples. This project benefits the community by reducing stray and feral animal populations, and allows students to gain confidence with various animal care and surgical procedures.
Veterinary technology students (L to R) Ashley Smith, Kelsey Hinsz, Peggy Williams, Megan Joiner, Sara Murray