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‘Dental Days’ for Pets in Need

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Students in the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College are providing much-needed dental care for the pets of low-income families.  The college recently hosted ‘Dental Days’ as part of a collaboration between the college and Pets in Need, a non-profit organization that provides income-qualified families with access to free or discounted veterinary care for their pets.

Our students truly appreciate the opportunity to learn from someone who is sharing her extensive knowledge in veterinary dentistry.Dr. Jennifer Wells
Dr. Beatriz Woodall works with UC Blue Ash student Lauren Snyder

Dr. Beatriz Woodall works with UC Blue Ash student Lauren Snyder

Along with helping families in need, the ‘Dental Days’ events give students in the Vet Tech program the opportunity to participate in providing teeth cleanings and teeth removal on dogs and cats that are brought in by their owners.

“We see the need for a lot of dental care, particularly in older animals,” said Dr. Jennifer Wells, a veterinarian who is chair of the Vet Tech program at UC Blue Ash.  “We provide the animals with dental cleanings and, if indicated, oral x-rays and tooth extractions.”

The Vet Tech program hosts up to four ‘Dental Days’ events each year and sophomore veterinary technology students also provide preventive medical care to Pets in Need patients throughout the school year.

“The ‘Dental Days’ would not be possible with out the generous support from the Banfield Charitable Trust; they donated funds to purchase two new veterinary dental machines and additional equipment necessary for addressing these animals’ dental health needs,” said Dr. Wells.  She also thanked Dr. Beatriz Woodall, owner of the Banfield Hospital in Mason, Ohio for donating her time and expertise during the special events.  “Our students truly appreciate the opportunity to learn from someone who is sharing her extensive knowledge in veterinary dentistry.”

Veterinary Technology is the art and science of providing health care to animals and professional support to veterinarians.  Graduates of the program gain expertise in nearly all aspects of veterinary care, including nursing procedures, anesthesiology, radiography, surgical preparation and assisting, and anatomy and physiology.

The Veterinary Technology program at UC Blue Ash graduates approximately 36 students each year.  As part of the graduation requirements, students must have extensive hands-on experience treating animals.

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.

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