Animals are such a big part of the American culture, if not the world’s culture. Not only do they provide companionship, but they have been proven health benefits for people, including physical, mental and emotional improvements, from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person’s risk of a heart attack.
Students and staff received a visit from the local East Bay SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) the shelter has been providing extensive care for animals since 1874. Originally they started with caring for horses, mules, and other draft animals. As the tri-valley has transformed over the years, they now specialize in support for dogs and cats. The first shelter was built in early 1922 in Oakland, California. Then the Dublin shelter, just minutes from our Livermore campus, opened in 2001. Since then they have been expanding and providing extraordinary support to many animals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teachers discussed with students in their classes the different aspects of an animal shelter and veterinarian medicine. Assignments were added to the curriculum that related to the visit.
The SPCA shared an informative presentation that discussed a career in the veterinarian field. Students learned of the intensive schooling and grade requirements needed in becoming a veterinarian. The presentation featured a list of different Universities that offered veterinary medicine. U.C. Davis is one of the top schools for a career in veterinary medicine. This University happens to be very close to the Bay Area. Students got to see x-ray images, and the Veterinarian discussed some common medical procedures handled at their clinics.
The workshop included an introduction to, Meeko, the rescue dog saved by the clinic. Meeko was adopted by the presenter of the presentation. He explained Meeko’s story of how she was found very malnourished and sick as a puppy. Luckily she was well taken care of with a foster family at the shelter and gained back her strength. Meeko now works as a service dog. She visits many offices, schools, elderly care facilities and hospitals. While on these special visits Meeko acts as a calming, positive and encouraging presence for many people. Students also got meet a guinea pig that was taken in by the shelter. The guinea pig was found in a bag outside the shelter doors. The East Bay SPCA does not adopt out guinea pigs, however, he has become a permanent resident of the shelter and companion to office employees. It was amazing to hear what the shelter does to help animals in unfortunate situations.
Our student community is incredibly thankful for the visit from the East Bay SPCA. Students and staff enjoyed learning about career opportunities with animals. Students are looking forward to choosing the East Bay SPCA as an option for completing their required volunteering hours. If you or your student is interested in joining in on exciting activities such as this. Reach out to our admissions team today and learn about the different options available for your student. Feel free to email email@example.com or call (925) 278-6346.
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