Selfies: CMC students gain real-life experience while still in the classroom
The Colorado Mountain College veterinary technology students spend two days a week practicing the real-life demands of what it is like to be a veterinary technician before they have even received their diplomas. Students take part in a weekly rotation that gives them the opportunity to play different roles during an operation on a cat or dog. Roles are as follows: group leader, anesthetist, surgical nurse, patient preparation and circulating nurse, all under the helpful watch of certified instructors.
CMC and Colorado Animal Rescue have a special collaborative relationship that helps the facility’s animals and the students. Both entities operate independently but work together to provide training opportunities for the students while providing basic medical services to the shelter animals. For more extensive procedures, CARE does have its own veterinary team. CMC students and instructors perform spays, neuters and prophylactic dental care. The students and faculty take the relationship with CARE seriously and feel privileged to be able to work such a well-managed, progressive shelter.
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