The Veterinary Assistant Program & Saving G.R.A.C.E. Rescue Partnership
The instructors of the veterinary assistant program have been rooted in the rescue community for many years now; Ms. Hobbs for over twenty years, and Ms. Zengerling for over seven. They have worked hard to integrate rescue animals into their program in order to take their students’ experience level with animals to the next step, as well as open up their eyes to the animal welfare issues plaguing our country.
Over the summer, Ms. Zengerling decided to take on the responsibility of creating her own animal rescue group, Saving G.R.A.C.E. “Giving Rescue Animals Chances Everyday”. This rescue group was created to partner with the veterinary assistant program at South Technical High School. The instructors work together to rescue animals that will fit into the program’s curriculum and environment, many of these animals have special medical needs. Medical needs that the instructors are able to teach their students about, and where the student’s then help to nurse these animals back to health and then find them great homes.
Instructors and students have been working together on fundraising and volunteer opportunities that they can also integrate into their FFA chapter; soon they will work together to run adoption events at a local pet store.
Working with Saving G.R.A.C.E. and exposing students to real animals needing real medical and emotional care, has truly instilled a sense of responsibility and pride in the veterinary assistant students that is quite apparent. Not to mention they gain hands-on skill and knowledge that will carry them far into the career field and college.
The first foster animal rescued by Saving G.R.A.C.E. and brought into the program to work with students was a dog named Cliff. Cliff was found tied to a tree in a local park, and as you can see in the picture he was in very bad shape.
Together the teachers and students learned that Cliff had demodex mange, skin infections, extreme emaciation, a previously fractured pelvis, and more.
Everyone fell in love with Cliff through his recovery time with us; students also learned how to perform a skin-scrape, give medicated baths, medicate animals with liquid and capsules, and proper post-surgical care.
As a team the teachers and students turned Cliff into a whole new dog. Throughout his time with us Cliff kept the same trusting, and happy personality; the fact that he still loved humans so strongly and was always wagging his tail was something everyone who met Cliff found to be amazing, and drew personal strength from.
Thanks to the care and compassion Cliff received, he has recovered fully and was recently adopted into an amazing family! Cliff is one of many special needs fosters that Saving G.R.A.C.E and the veterinary assistant program will work together to save and give a happy ending!
Check out the Saving G.R.A.C.E. website to see the awesome things they have been doing.