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.
Neos the GPRC Fairview Library Cat

Neos the GPRC Fairview Library Cat

Yesterday, was National Pet Day, so naturally we honoured Neos. The adorable orange ball of fur that hangs out at our GPRC Fairview Library. 

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National Pet Day is a chance for those of us who own pets to show them how much we love them. So here’s some love to our beloved kitty, Neos. 

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Neos has been in the library for 14 years and is named after the library computer system. He was abandoned and found on our GPRC Fairview campus before being brought in to our Animal Health Department to get cleaned up. His personality led quickly to the decision that he should become a permanent resident at the library.

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Neos loves hanging out with the students, many of whom are missing pets at home. Neos gets the most visits around exam time, as he’s the perfect companion for some stress relief.

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Stop by our GPRC Fairview Library and say hi to our favourite kitty. You can also follow his Facebook page! 

 

Stress-Less Week Update!

Stress-Less Week Update!

This week (November 28 to December 2) is Stress-Less Week at GPRC!

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It’s when GPRC offers a number of ways for students to beat stress during the final crunch time of the semester.

So far we’ve:

  • Had an Introduction to Breathing Practice with Julia from Satori Yoga & Healing Arts where we learned about how mindfulness is scientifically proven to have incredible health benefits!
  • Enjoyed a health break, with Fresh Fruit being passed around campus and
  • Got to get creative with GPRC Education Ambassador and GPRC Fine Arts student, Danielle Ribar. Students were able to create, hang-out and most importantly relax with a painting and book nook activity.

Today, GPRC had several furry friends visit us on campus to give students a chance to cuddle and forget pre-exam blues.

Our pals at St. John’s Ambulance were able to bring in two therapy dogs, Rusty (a Border Collie/Australian Sheppard mix) and Jack (a Pitbull mix) for students to hang out with.

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Although, we couldn’t tell who was having more fun? The students or Jake with all the belly rubs!

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A huge thank you to GPRC Student Wellness for organizing this great event!

Make sure to click here to see when the next Puppy Days on campus will be!

Then from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., we had furry feline friends visit us from our GPRC Fairview Campus. Dash, Dancer, Polly, Sherman and Yodi are all roughly 7 months old, and are cared and looked after by our GPRC Animal Health Technology program. These 6 bundles of joy joined us for a couple hours, and students were able to play, interact and cuddle every single one of them. What was even more exciting was letting our students know that these adorable balls of fur were available for adoption!

The best moment of the day was meeting Robyn, a GPRC student who recently adopted Dancer! Check it out!

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If you’re interested in adopting any furry friends for yourself, contact our Animal Sciences Department!

Phone: 780-835-6630
Toll-free: 1-888-539-4772
Fax: 780-835-6626
Email: aht@gprc.ab.ca
Web: Visit Homepage

GPRC Fairview
PO Bag 3000
11235-98 Avenue
Fairview, Alberta
Canada T0H 1L0

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We can’t wait for the rest of the weeks activities! Make sure you know what  we have planned: here.  

A huge thank you to our wonderful staff and students in the Animal Health Technology program for all that they do, and for joining us today!