National Veterinary Technology Week "Fall Festival"

This past Sunday Kirby and I attended the First Annual Fall Festival at the Moncrief Dog Park in Starkville which was sponsored by Veterinarian Technician students from Mississippi State University. Other organizations represented were the Oktibeha County Humane Society, MSU's Pre-Vet Club, Bayer, and SCAVMA.

I didn't know about vet techs before today and so I was greatly impressed. The Veterinarian Medical Technology Program is in its second year here at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State and is the third college of veterinary medicine in the United States to offer a four-year Bachelor’s degree program in veterinary medical technology. Nationwide there are less than 20 four-year veterinary technology programs. The MSU-CVM Veterinary Medical Technology Program will graduate students who will fill positions associated with food animal, equine, and small animal practices; public health organizations; federal and state regulatory agencies; animal related industries; laboratory animal medicine; animal and biomedical research; zoo and wildlife practices; and shelter practices.

Veterinary technologists and technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. They often perform various medical tests and treat and diagnose medical conditions and diseases in animals. For example, they may perform laboratory tests such as urinalysis and blood counts, assist with dental care, prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and assist veterinarians in a variety of other diagnostic tests. While most of these duties are performed in a laboratory setting, many are not. For example, some veterinary technicians record patients' case histories, expose and develop x rays and radiographs, and provide specialized nursing care. In addition, experienced veterinary technicians may discuss a pet's condition with its owners and train new clinic personnel. Veterinary technologists and technicians assisting small-animal practitioners usually care for small pets, such as cats and dogs, but can perform a variety of duties with mice, rats, sheep, pigs, cattle, monkeys, birds, fish, and frogs. Very few veterinary technologists work in mixed animal practices where they care for both small pets and large, and non-domestic animals.

The festival had something for everyone, young, old, and canine. Face painting, bake sales, treats, games and activities, raffles for some amazing prizes, and a pet costume contest. Alas, Kirby didn't place in the contest but he had a lot of fun and attention. There were so many awesome costumes!  Mostly dogs but a few humans came dressed for the occasion as well.  (Next year we are so buying a costume for Kirby online).

Here are pictures from the day's event.

This pretty girl asked to take a picture with the Kirbster so I snapped one too.

These two beauties were posing for their picture
Mom and "daughter" in matching outfits.  So cute!

Kirby met Lucy, a bunny. I took this picture while holding Kirby back so he didn't scare Lucy and  didn't realize I didn't get her ears in the picture.

Ahoy Sailor!

Banana Split anyone?

Here's Lucy the angel - see her wings

We had a spookily fun day!