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!

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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