Mini vet school now enrolling

Two girls watch as a Rivertown Animal Hospital veterinarian explains how to examine a small animal, in this case a miniature Schnauzer, at one of the clinic’s mini-vet schools. Rivertown holds a mini-vet school for children 7 to 12 years of age Feb. 23. See story on Page 3. (Gazette photo courtesy of Rivertown Animal Hospital)

Two girls watch as a Rivertown Animal Hospital veterinarian explains how to examine a small animal, in this case a miniature Schnauzer, at one of the clinic’s mini-vet schools. Rivertown holds a mini-vet school for children 7 to 12 years of age Feb. 23. See story on Page 3. (Gazette photo courtesy of Rivertown Animal Hospital)

Young pet lovers who aspire to become veterinarians or work with animals can get hands-on experience at Rivertown Animal Hospital’s semi-annual Mini-Vet School  later this month in Stillwater.

Since 2008, Rivertown’s Mini-Vet School has introduced children to the behind-the-scenes workings of a small animal hospital. Children 7 and 12 years of age learn the basics of giving a physical exam, first-aid for pets, taking and reading radiographs and what occurs in surgery. They also learn the fundamentals of pet dental care, pets and parasites and dog-bite prevention and safety based on the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) dog bite prevention program.

Educational materials are sent home with students so they can continue to learn and share their experience with others. Each child also receives a Mini-Vet School handbook, stethoscope and lab coat.

The next Mini Vet School is 2 to 5 p.m. Feb 23. Tuition for this event is $85 and pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Classes fill quickly. Parents interested in enrolling their child should contact the Rivertown Animal Hospital at 651-430-2229 or visit www.rivertownanimalhospital.com for photos of previous events and for more information.

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