There was a bit of a rough start this year with early thunderstorms and delayed student arrivals due to academic testing. However, we all rallied to make this a successful spay neuter clinic for pets in Hunterdon County - the third one in as many years. Polytech Animal Sciences provides the location, People For Animals Mobile Spay Station brings the veterinary services and harnesslife.org initiates, coordinates and partially subsidizes the event.
It's a win-win-win: Hunterdon residents have convenient access to low cost spay/neuter for their pets, the HC Polytech Animal Sciences students have an amazing learning opportunity, and our non-profit moves our mission forward to #StopRoverpopulation.
Only ten pets arrived yesterday, but I believe the slower pace allowed more time for students to participate and ask questions, resulting in a better experience. The veterinary 'crew' on the Spay Station was fabulous - they gave thorough explanations, shared professional expertise and encouraged the students during each phase of the clinic. We want to thank them all:
- Dr. Croman, Director of Veterinary Services
- Evan Kerekes, Mobile Manager
- Kylie, Veterinary Assistant
Taryn Romanczak has developed and teaches an excellent two-year Animal Sciences program at HC Polytech; it is evident in both the first year and second year students, who were enthusiastic, attentive and engaged throughout the entire day. Also, a very special part of this clinic occurs as current students chat with the former Animal Sciences students who not only come back to help at this event, but who tell "the real story" about what it's like in pre-vet school, veterinary school or on the job as a certified vet tech. Thank you for helping and taking the time to share:
- Brittney Armstrong
- Katie Bausmith
- Shanna Clifford
- Marisa Gasalberti
- Hannah McCray
- Matt Prior
Of course, we couldn't do any of these initiatives without our volunteers. A huge thank you to the folks who helped with this one:
- Madeline Sunga, for doing all the phone confirmations and following up
- Patti Vaverchak, for guiding registrants out in the parking lot (and fending off the complainers!)
- Sarah McWhorter, for taking many of the wonderful photos and video
- Paul Strelecki, for printing the signs, covering "Lola & Alvin duties" in the early morning hours and making a fabulous dinner!
Hope you enjoy the slideshow as much as we enjoyed the day!