|Chapter of the Year|
Complete the downloadable PDF as well as the accomplishments portion to nominate your chapter for SCNAVTA Chapter of the Year.
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31, 2017. The 2017 winner will announced at the Western Veterinary Conference in March 2018.
Chapter of the year - 2016
Murray State College Veterinary Technology Program
The student chapter at MSC promotes veterinary technology at every opportunity - whether the opportunity arrives in the form of National Veterinary Technician Week, at a school carnival or during our annual community-wide holiday celebration. The chapter has official co-advisors, but is mentored by all. The staff (one of whom has been with the Murray State College Vet Tech program for over 30 years) works together on a daily basis to promote the national association, the student chapter, the program and the college itself. Students and faculty work closely with one another, and all are committed to community service.
In pursuit of meaningful community service, the student chapter is involved in events and projects throughout the year. Murray State College is located in a small, rural community, and events that are important to the area require many volunteers. The chapter has previously been advised that several events could not/would not have occurred without the chapter’s direct leadership and involvement.
Before classes even begin in the fall, and throughout the year, the MSC chapter sets up booths at community events. They distribute literature and information at every event and take pride in telling others about the program. Students volunteer at the Oklahoma State Fair Birthing Center where they monitor the parturition of sheep, pigs, goats, and cows while providing information to visitors. Also held in the spring semester is the club’s low-income spay and neuter clinic, which lasts an entire day and is worked solely by students and instructors.
In December the club sponsors the season’s most popular and well-attended event. On Santa Night, children are invited to come see Santa and Mrs. Claus – who happen to bring along their pets! The lines are long and every child receives an age-appropriate toy. Last year over 800 gifts were given, along with hot chocolate and cookies. Funds for Santa Night are raised at a luncheon, which allow Santa Night to remain free of charge and open to all.
For this year’s NVTW, the club held an Open House for elementary students. Visitors on the guided tour even took in a viewing of live surgery. Following the Open House was the inaugural Veterinary Technician Olympics; a series of games based around the professions commonly used skills. The most exciting project for the year will be filming the documentary “Why Aren’t You a Vet?” The film will feature interviews with veterinary technicians who will be asked to answer that common question. The film will premiere during next year’s NVTW.
The MSC SCNAVTA regularly makes donations to organizations such as the Oklahoma Wildcare Foundation and the Endangered Ark Foundation. Club members turn out in high numbers for campus blood drives, and they take dogs to visit the local nursing home for monthly animal therapy sessions. This year the club instituted two new internal programs - a tutoring and leadership program.
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