Career/STEM site visits kick off at veterinary clinic!
After one year of planning, Mentors, Inc. hosted its first career site visit with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) at the Dupont Veterinary Clinic. Clinic staff demonstrated lab tests, blood viewing under a microscope, an animal examination, the shaving of a cat, and a cadaver (a dog's head, without the body attached) and its use for new surgical/medical procedures. Students participated in listening to a dog's heartbeat and checking its eyes using medical tools, and sitting in on a real animal client interview with its human owner.
Staff at the clinic provided a lot of information about procedures, education paths that led them to their jobs, how they feel about the work they do, and how students can use their interest to support animals. By the end of the visit, even students who entered with trepidation about seeing surgery and declined viewing, had in fact participated in every facet of the experience, learning as much about themselves as veterinary science!
Thanks to Jan Rosen, DVM and Medical Director, and other clinic staff for the amazing experience!