TWIN FALLS, Idaho — With opportunity for hands on learning and a new facility, the College of Southern Idaho's vet tech students are well prepared.
"We are extremely excited to have our new facilities here at the College of Southern Idaho," said Matt Quesnell, Chair of the CSI Agriculture Department.
Prior to this facility, the vet tech program operated off campus.
"Since we’ve got a new facility it’s really nice, it’s a lot better than the one we had before. We have a lot more opportunity and room to grow as individuals, so I’m just really appreciative of that," said Emma Gehring, a second-year student and president of CSI’s Veterinary Technology Program.
In the small animal facility, students work with cats, dogs and mice to learn how to perform exams, x-rays and restraints.
"It’s a lot of fun... actually getting to do this stuff gets you more excited to graduate and go into the field, and being hands on gets us more prepared so then we know what we need to do," said Gehring.
Students also work with cows to practice proper care and blood draws.
Surrounded by agriculture, the program gives its students hands on experience through community partnerships with local farmers.
"It’s not just about us, since we do get to go into the community and help them too, it really just binds us more than just being strictly a program. We actually get to reach out and help people," said Gehring.
Students shadow in veterinary clinics and practice exams in the classroom. For more information, you can visit the program's website.