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Olds Offers Vet Assistant Program

Olds College is accepting students into its new Veterinary Technical Assistant program set to begin Jan. 1, 2012. The 15-week program will consist of four courses. Upon completion, students will have the training necessary to be employed in veterinary clinics, animal shelters, boarding facilities, and pet stores.

“Veterinary technical assistants are often the unsung heroes of the veterinary medical profession. They are the ones who help make things go smoother for the vets, animal health technicians, the pets, and their owners,” says Mark Fournier, Olds College Continuing Education program manager. “While the technical assistant role is generally an entry-level position, it does require training and professionalism to assist veterinarians and animal health technicians with sick or injured animals.”

Industry feedback has indicated that finding the time to train new employees, along with a veterinarian or animal health technician’s regular duties, is exceedingly difficult. This program is designed to fill that gap.

“For those considering a career as a veterinarian or animal health technician, this course allows them to get into their field quickly and earn a living while completing the lengthier training they will need,” says Fournier. “One of our goals is to help place our graduates in jobs once they have earned their certificate.”

Canned Bull Causes Stir

Frozen bull semen bound for a breeder in the state of Texas triggered a scare Aug. 23 that temporarily shut down a U.S. interstate highway after it spilled out of a Greyhound bus while the driver was negotiating a ramp near Nashville.

When firefighters arrived, they saw “four small propane- sized canisters (that) began to emit a light vapour,” Maggie Lawrence, a fire department spokeswoman said, noting they also let off an “unpleasant odour.”

Once emergency personnel learned the smoking canisters were nothing hazardous and that they simply contained frozen bull semen that had been stored on dry ice, Tennessee Department of Transportation and fire department workers cleared the ramp.

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