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Community invited to annual veterinary technology tour and open house Oct. 23

Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Club invites the community to tour the program’s 220-acre center and teaching hospital at Spring Valley from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The tour coincides with National Veterinary Technician Week. The comprehensive tour is free and open to anyone who is interested in veterinary technology or to those individuals and families who just want to visit the facility. There will also be a silent auction along with burgers and snacks by donation.

In addition to the lab, small animal hospital and equine barn, the veterinary technology program houses a variety of large animals including horses, cattle, alpacas, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks and even a golden eagle. Small animals include rodents, snakes, birds, ferrets and chinchillas.

Visitors are asked to leave their own pets at home as USDA regulates that there be no unauthorized animals on the premises or in cars.

The CMC veterinary technology center and teaching hospital are located at 3000 County Road 114 (across from the main Spring Valley campus, past Colorado Animal Rescue).

For more information, please call professor Nancy Sheffield at 947-8244.

Ten Tips Every Parent Should Know to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse

Meghan Hurley, LCSW, will present a free abuse prevention class from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Grand River Health, Colorado River Room, Rifle. Hurley has been the mental health therapist at the local children’s advocacy center, River Bridge Regional Center, since it opened in 2007. She has taught “Ten Tips” since 2011, as a way to help parents increase comfort and knowledge about speaking to children about sexual abuse and body safety. Meghan offers this interactive workshop to help empower adults with effective strategies for communicating with children on this difficult topic. Her extensive training related to sexual abuse victimization, as well as her work with survivors and their families, allow her to pass on knowledge that is essential for everyone to have.

RSVP at https://tentips.eventbrite.com.