GPRC AHT Promote Awareness of Pet Toxicity!

GPRC AHT Promote Awareness of Pet Toxicity!

Check out the awesome work being done by our Animal Health Technology students on our GPRC Fairview campus.

Melissa Zizek, Kelsey Dolen and Madison Williams wrote an awesome article about potentially toxic items for your beloved pets that can be found in your home! Check out their full article below to stay informed and look for their piece to be published in the Fairview Post this month.

GPRC Animal Health Technology students, Melissa Zizek, Kelsey Dolen and Madison Williams.

Check it out and look for it in the Fairview Post! 

Read more of their Toxicity article here.

Way to go Melissa, Kelsey and Madison!

GPRC AHT Promote Getting your Pets Vaccinated!

GPRC AHT Promote Getting your Pets Vaccinated!

Check out the awesome work being done by our Animal Health Technology students on our GPRC Fairview campus.

Reagan Boucher, Haylee MacLean and Katrina Mullen wrote an awesome article on the importance of getting your pets vaccinated. Look for their piece to be published in the Fairview Post this month.

Left to right: Reagan Boucher, Haylee MacLean and Katrina Mullen.

Check it out and look for it in the Fairview Post! 

Way to go Reagan, Haylee and Katrina!

Puppies and Kittens Available Through GPRC AHT Program

Puppies and Kittens Available Through GPRC AHT Program

Did you know that our Animal Health Technology (AHT) program on our GPRC Fairview campus takes in animals from the SPCA and local shelters?

Taking in these animals gives our AHT students the opportunity to experience the care of animals at all ages but also lets them experience the care for newborn kittens and puppies as well as being able to follow them through their series of vaccinations and deworming allowing them awesome practical experience.

Currently our GPRC AHT department has three puppies and five kittens in their procession, who are all looking for new permanent homes.

All of these adorable furry bundles of joy have had their vaccines and in most cases, are already spayed or neutered.

Now, let’s get to the fun part and meet these adorable animals.

First year AHT students, Sabrina and Genevieve with three black and white puppies currently in the care of the department.

Pictured with the puppies are first year AHT students, Sabrina Fagan (left) and Genevieve Milner (right).

These black and white puppies in order from left to right are male, female and male. They are currently 5-weeks old, have been dewormed and are getting their first vaccines next week.

The puppies are owned by In the Woods Animal Rescue. The GPRC AHT department took on these little pups and their mom for In The Woods Animal Rescue to help out and to give the students the opportunity to experience caring for newborns dogs.

These little pups will be ready to go home the week of December 11 and might we add, will make the perfect Christmas gift. These three are pretty shy but sure like to snuggle.

As for the current kittens on our Fairview campus, the department has five left out out of the original 13 which means eight kittens have already found their permanent homes!

Let’s introduce you to the five remaining kittens.

Meet Spike. He is 7 months old and a black and white domestic, short-haired, neutered male. Spike is up to date on all vaccines and deworming. He is our shy guy who is finally coming out of his shell. He’s the type of kitty that doesn’t like a lot of commotion and really just loves to curl up on the couch with you and chill.

Next up… nanananana, Batman! Batman is black and white with a couple black marks on his nose much like Spike. He too is a 7 month old neutered male up to date on all vaccines and deworming. He is much more outgoing than his brother, Spike. The AHT department likes to classify him at the happy medium between Spike and our next up kitty, Shroedinger!

Shroedinger!! Oh this boy is our resident trouble maker. He is so darn cute you just cant get upset with him. He is full of energy and would keep any little girl or boy busy for hours. He is also a 7 months old neutered male. Mostly black with white feet, chest and tip of his tail.

Now onto our ladies…

Little orange Petrie. She is such a cutie. Youngest of the bunch only 6 months old. Domestic short-haired. Still needs to be spayed but can be booked into the clinic after Christmas. She is quite the snuggler. Students are often seen with her curled up on their lap.

Last we have miss Glitz. She is a busy girl who is full of energy. She is spayed and ready for her new home at 7 months olds and full of love.

If you or someone you know is interested in taking one of these adorable furry friends home to their forever home, please contact Tiffany Duncan through our GPRC Animal Health Technology department at  780-835-6707 or by email at tduncan@gprc.ab.ca

Learning by Doing: GPRC Instructor Gifts his Students Axolotl Eggs for Study

Learning by Doing: GPRC Instructor Gifts his Students Axolotl Eggs for Study

Besides the students, staff, and faculty who frequent it, GPRC Fairview campus is also home to a group of unusual residents. If you attend this campus, you’ve probably noticed them in fish tanks in the offices and classrooms: tiny, aquatic salamanders known as axolotls, whose unique biological properties make them the perfect subjects of study for animal health students.

Dr. Chris Mizzi, Animal Sciences instructor at GPRC, has been breeding and raising the amphibious creatures as a hobby for around twenty years. He first became interested in the axolotl when his university chemistry instructor introduced him to them. “It kind of started my fascination with amphibians,” Mizzi said. “I’ve been involved with them ever since.”

An axolotl egg rests in a jar of water.

Students in Dr. Mizzi’s classes are always offered the opportunity to care for axolotl eggs during the two- to four-week incubation period. Mizzi notes that the students would probably never otherwise get an opportunity to see the rare creature up close. Axolotls are of special interest to the medical research community for their regenerative properties. “They can regenerate most of their body parts,” explained Mizzi. “If they get a leg cut off, they can regrow it. Eyeballs, parts of their liver – they can even heal their own spinal cord.”

Axolotls are also excellent case studies for embryotic development. “The eggs are so large you can actually see them develop with the naked eye,” said Mizzi, adding that the transparent membrane allows a clear window to the inner workings of the egg. “I’ve seen them change from one cell to two cells to four cells. You can see them form gills and the head and you can just watch everything.” Because most organisms go through a similar process in utero, studying axolotl eggs can teach students a lot about fetal development.

A young axolotl. So cute!

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen these guys,” said Kaytlin Evans, first year Animal Sciences student. “They started out looking like a tiny little bean. Now they’ve developed gills on the side of their face. Yesterday I noticed them moving.” Evans values the opportunity to work with an axolotl up close: “It’s a great experience to be able to deal with different types of animals, especially amphibians and reptiles. I hope to specialize in exotics, so this was a good learning experience.”

First year animal health student Kaytlin Evans (left) holds submerged axolotl eggs next to classmate Kaylee Shmyruk.
AHT Students Promote Pet Dental Month

AHT Students Promote Pet Dental Month

Check out the awesome work being done by our Animal Health Technology students on our GPRC Fairview campus.

Jamie Saulnier and Rebecca Metcalf wrote an awesome article on February being Pet Dental Month for one of their classes that will be published in the Fairview Post!

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Check it out and look for it in the Fairview Post! 

Way to go Jamie and Rebecca!

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