On January 16th, six members of Eastern Wyoming College’s Veterinary Technology Club left Torrington for sunny Orlando, Florida with their club sponsor, Cristi Semmler. Charlene Pfaff, Gillette, WY Josh Montel, Claypool, IN, Teresa Martinovich, Laramie, WY, Kaylee Fitzwater, Torrington, WY, Allison Van Ausdall, Erie, CO and Codie Mercer, Kersey, CO all earned the points needed to attend the veterinary conference of their choice. The club members have a variety of conferences to choose from, and this year they chose the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) which is sponsored by the North American Veterinary Community.
NAVC is a five day conference that has specific tracks for small, large, and exotic animal veterinarians. As well as, tracks for technicians and practice managers. With all of the tracks, there were around 4500 continuing education hours offered, and the majority of them could be attended by the students. So, each student was able to tailor their sessions to their liking. They attended the opening ceremony with comedian, Jim Gaffigan.
Students earn their way to the conference by participating in club events. This includes attending meetings, working concessions at EWC volleyball, basketball games, rodeos and the EWC dog wash that are sponsored by the club.
About one Saturday every month, the club takes over the veterinary technology building at EWC and holds a dog wash for the Torrington community. They have a blast helping local area dogs, and enjoying the comradery of their fellow club members!
The first year students also get to go on a field trip during the spring semester, if they have earned 30 points or more.
If you would like to support the members of the EWC Vet Tech Club, you can do so at the concession stand at EWC home games or by bringing your dog to the next dog wash.
For more information, feel free to contact Cristi Semmler, the faculty sponsor of the EWC Veterinary Technology Club, at email@example.com.