EWC vet tech students attend national conference

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Eastern Wyoming College would like to congratulate the veterinary technology students that were able to attend the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference, in Orlando, Florida, February 3rd-8th. Amanda Johnson, Summerset, SD; Ali Hajenga, Judith Gap, MT; KaylaRae Lawrence, Riverton, WY; Ashleigh Wolfe, Kersey, CO; and Gracie Hoem, Cheyenne, WY, worked their way to the conference through their participation in EWC’s Veterinary Technology Club. The group was chaperoned by veterinary technology instructor and club sponsor, Cristi Semmler CVT, B.S., RALAT.

left to right: Gracie Hoem, KaylaRae Lawrence, Ali Hajenga, Ashleigh Wolfe, Amanda Johnson, Cristi Semmler, Veterinary Technology instructor and Club Sponsor.

left to right: Gracie Hoem, KaylaRae Lawrence, Ali Hajenga, Ashleigh Wolfe, Amanda Johnson, Cristi Semmler, Veterinary Technology instructor and Club Sponsor.

Veterinary Technology Club members earn points through their participation in various activities, including rodeo concessions, community service, and helping area dogs through veterinary technology club sponsored dog washes. These activities give students a chance to be a part of the local community, and take part in raising the needed funds for professional development like NAVC.

Every year, the sophomores choose the conference they would like to attend. For the past 3 years, they have chosen NAVC. This year the attendance was more than 17,100. EWC’s veterinary technology students were in the minority being included in the veterinary and technician students, as 4.2% of the conference population.

While at the convention the students were able to attend lectures alongside veterinarians, credentialed technicians and support staff demonstrating recent advances in veterinary medicine, giving them a taste of what is innovative in the industry. Some of the topics they enjoyed were lectures on therapeutic lasers, and pain management in cattle. There was one exhibition hall with over 30,000 square feet of exhibitors. These exhibitors showed the students advancements in the industry, giving the students the opportunity to take part in raffles, and obtain a variety of free items that were veterinary related.

This year their sponsor, Cristi Semmler, had a full page in the conference publication, Inside NAVC, promoting the use of Vetfolio.com. Vetfolio is a veterinary education website that EWC’s veterinary technology program utilizes. The website brings experts from the field, on current and upcoming practices and procedures in the industry, to EWC via the internet.

The learning opportunities presented to the attendees were a lot to take in, but there was also time for fun outside of the conference activities. The club sponsored a dinner at the Boathouse, where the students enjoyed a variety of steak and seafood. There was entertainment provided at the conference including Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs.

Club President Amanda Johnson said, “My favorite thing, at NAVC, was the exotics tracks, especially learning to intubate a variety of species using modified syringe cases. I definitely plan to use these techniques.  I want to return to the conference in the future so that I am able to bring new methods and techniques to my practice.  I recommend everyone that has an interest in caring for animals to go to NAVC, you will learn many ways to help animals.”

If you are further interested in the students’ trip please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EWCVT1976.