My interest in the Animal Health Technology (AHT) program started early one morning as I was parking my car at college. There were some young women walking dogs, which I soon found out were the dogs from the Animal Health Technology program.
I thought the students worked mainly with small animals, as they prepared for a future as Veterinary Assistants. Was I ever wrong! The photos on this blog show just a few of the animals these dedicated animal-lovers are trained to work with.
I also thought they were training to work only in veterinary clinics. Wrong again!
The two-year AHT program prepares the students for a variety of health-care related fields. They can work in veterinary clinics and hospitals, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry, in research, and as meat inspectors in the agricultural field. You may find them working at Humane Societies and zoos, at teaching hospitals, and for private industry in animal health management.
The AHT program is very hands-on. The students practice and practice, learning how to provide patient care. Their skills include lab testing, diagnostic imaging (x-rays, ultrasounds and MRIs), assisting surgeries, administering anesthetics, and performing animal dentistry.
They can administer intravenous fluids, bandage wounds, maintain medical records, and provide physiotherapy.
Towards the end of their training, each Animal Health Technologist does a field placement at a clinic outside of the college.
Don’t you agree with me—the AHTs are amazing!
(Thank you Dr. Eliason, for sharing your photos, your knowledge,and your passion for the Animal Health Technology program)