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CIT Vet Nursing Students unleash their 'Doggie Dental' skills

Published: 28 Nov 2017


As semester two draws to a close, CIT Veterinary Nursing students are offering their 'Doggie Dental Clinic' to the public at the CIT Veterinary Clinic in Bruce. Local dog owners can drop their beloved pooches in for a day to receive a full dental check-up!

Under the guidance of a qualified veterinary surgeon and nurse, students work through the procedure of admitting dogs, running pre-anaesthetic blood tests for geriatric patients, administering anaesthetics and intra venous fluids, using dental charts and monitoring post-surgery patient recovery. As dogs are discharged at the end of the day, students provide owners with information and advice on continued dental care.

Using industry standard equipment in CIT's recently refurbished clinic, students are able to learn practically in an authentic clinic environment.

"While studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at CIT, I have obtained what I call a 'doggie dental kit and caboodle', including medicating and triaging sick pets, performing minor surgical procedures and performing dental work", Sean Michael Cannon told us during his recent clinic shift.

"Through our work placements we learn extra skills and experience the day-to-day dealings with many animals and their owners. Work placement as part of my studies adds value and meaning to my course, providing experience in the daily operations of the industry, and supplementing what we’ve learnt in the classroom".

"As we undertake work placement in veterinary practices, it is up to us, the students to show our potential employers what we know and what skills we can bring as a result of studying this course at CIT," Mr Cannon said.

"One of the highlights of the course has been doing clinical work under the supervision of teachers here at CIT, undertaking real life industry procedures like 'doggy dental'. Through the surgery facilities at CIT, students like us have the opportunity to learn in a high quality environment to ensure we are best prepared for future employment," said Mr Cannon.

During their course, students also have the opportunity to gain international experience by visiting animal sanctuaries in South East Asia, further broadening their veterinary skills and understanding of global issues regarding animal welfare and conservation.

CIT Doggie Dental Clinic does not just benefit students, with many dog owners sending emails expressing thanks for the wonderful care and service provided to their pets.

Are you interested in a career in veterinary nursing? CIT is taking applications for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412) to start in Semester 1, 2018 commencing Monday 12 February.