AHS Vaccine Clinic

October 11, 2013

submitted by Elizabeth Craig

The Alvirne High School Veterinary Science students hosted a dog and cat vaccination clinic this past Saturday, October 5.  The vaccine clinic offered not only the Rabies vaccine but Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Para influenza, Parvovirus and Lyme Vaccine for dogs and Feline Immunodeficiency virus, Calici virus, Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia and Feline Leukemia Virus for cats

In addition to vaccines, screening for Heartworm/Lyme Disease and micro-chipping services were offered.  Vaccines and services were donated by Lavender Veterinary, Dr. Christina Murdock of West Nottingham, NH.  Dr. Murdock is a former Alvirne Veterinary Science graduate from the class of 1999.

The assisting technicians were current students in the Veterinary Science Program as well as graduates from the class of 2013.

About 45 different pet owners with their 46 dogs and 25 cats attended the vaccine clinic that day all of whom were pleased with the services provided.

The proceeds from the clinic will benefit the FFA students competing at the 86th Kentucky this October 29 in the first official National Veterinary Science Career Development Event (CDE).  Last year was the pilot year for the National Veterinary Science CDE and Alvirne High School represented the State of New Hampshire at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In the national pilot CDE, 80 teams with 320 students competed, some states sending two teams.  New Hampshire’s Veterinary Science team consisted of Allison Bendel, Megan Ferentino, Becca Francoeur and Matthew Clarkson.  They placed fifth.  The National Veterinary Science CDE is a competitive event that tests the participant’s veterinary science knowledge in diseases, parasites, equipment, and breed identification.  Students must demonstrate hands-on skills in the clinical and handling/restraining practicums.  Participants also complete a written exam and respond to scenario questions about current topics in the veterinary industry.  Teams then give a presentation to a panel of judges about the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary team in giving care to a particular patient.  CDE’s help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in the competitive job market!  Each team competed at the state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention at Alvirne’s Agri-Pet Kennel FFA National Convention in Louisville November 2.  This year the students Megan Ferentino, Holly Foley, Ryan James, will compete nationally!