Brady’s Blog: Advice from the Community for the Campus with Coulee Humane Society!

Brady’s Blog with the Coulee Region Humane Society!

Follow Brady Lowe, Community Relations and Communications with Globe University-La Crosse, as he collects advice from Globe community partners to share with students!

Heather Schmid with Brady Lowe and Globe University Staff and Faculty Volunteers

Heather Schmid with Brady Lowe and Globe University Staff and Faculty Volunteers

Heather Schmid, Executive Director of the Coulee Region Humane Society, is a terrific partner to Globe University-La Crosse’s Veterinary Technician program.

Q: Why is it important for students in a vet tech program to volunteer at humane societies and animal shelters?

A: Experience is important for anyone pursuing a degree and eventually career!
Specifically for Vet Tech students, experience at a humane society or animal shelter provides a very different experience than working at a veterinary clinic (though this is of equal importance).

Globe Staff Members Jodie Liedke, Katie Heron, and Brady Lowe Volunteering at the Humane Society

Globe Staff Members Jodie Liedke, Katie Heron, and Brady Lowe Volunteering at the Humane Society

A humane society or animal shelter environment is one in which population management is of utmost importance.  Caring for a large population is very different than caring for owned pets.  For example, disease management is top priority as disease can spread quickly in this setting if not controlled.  Animals entering a humane society often are affected by stress of the unknown, by the many people who come and go, and by the animals they now need to co-exist with.  Stress clearly affects their immune system and often times, weakens it making them more susceptible to contracting a disease.  Communicable diseases are not a shelter’s friend as they can quickly spread if not contained and as a result, place, at best, challenging constraints on space, and at worst cause heart wrenching euthanasia decisions.

A wide range of behavior and temperament can also be observed in animals at humane societies better preparing students for once they are practicing as vet techs.  Animal handling skills are also gained as is the experience interacting with professionals in the animal welfare field.
Globe Veterinary Technician Students on a Field Trip to the Humane Society

Globe Veterinary Technician Students on a Field Trip to the Humane Society

In summary, volunteering at a humane society or animal shelter can provide an experience that simply cannot be matched: animal handling skills, interpersonal skills, education about the challenges of animals and overpopulation, the emotional strife that is endured almost daily by those advocating for homeless animals, and of course the joy in witnessing animal adoptions and reunions with their family is all provided when making the decision to volunteer!

Wow, thanks for the very valuable advice Heather! Students, if you’d like to learn how to get involved with the Humane Society or other community organizations, Brady Lowe is glad to help!
Humane Society

If you’re a community member that would like to share advice with Globe students, or know someone who would, please contact Brady Lowe. He’d be happy to hear from you!

 

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About Brady Lowe

Brady Lowe manages Communications and Community Relations at Globe University-La Crosse. He teaches business classes, coordinates volunteer activities for students and staff, and represents Globe University at various community events. If you have a story idea for Brady, please let him know! He'd be happy to hear from you: blowe@globeuniversity.edu
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