Veterinary Technology Students Are Honored

17-Vet Tech PinningOn March 18, 2015, Veterinary Technology students were honored at the Graduate Pinning Ceremony held at the Hall of Fame room on the Post Road campus. Graduates were presented with the Veterinary Technician Pin by Donna Davidson, DVM, in recognition of completing their course of study. The pin is to be worn by Veterinary Technicians worn as a symbol that they are an educated, credentialed professional. The graduates then recited the Veterinary Technician’s Oath which serves as a reminder of their commitment to the animal kingdom as a pledge to their profession.

Congratulations to the following graduates who earned their Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology on March 18, 2015. (Front row from top) Ashley Cunha, Kyla St. Laurent, Shelly Blanchard, Emily Darling, Abigail Dasilva, Cathleen Donovan. (Back row from top) Kelsey Allen, Sammi Jo Cornicell, Kristianna Dellaposta.

 

Working Together To Help Animals

11-X-ray VET

Using a canine manikin, VET students Jillian Jaena and Lisa Criscione position the 3D printed mock x-ray machine built by MCT students Taylor Badessa and Vishnu Harnarine. Pictured with the students is VET Assistant Professor, Donna Fortin-Davidson, DVM

Students and faculty from the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MCT) and Veterinary Technology (VET) programs collaborated on a unique project to assist with dental care for animals.  Veterinary Technology Department Chair, Dr. Darlene Jones, along with lab assistant, Nick Raimondi, met with MCT students, Vishnu Harnarine and Taylor Badessa, whose task was to design a mock dental x-ray machine.  It will be used by the VET students to practice the positioning of and the taking of animal dental x-rays.

First, Taylor and Vishnu studied existing veterinarian x-ray machines and similar devices.  Next they documented the x-ray machines features and developed concept drawings and project charts. The design phase included 3D designing and modeling, structure engineering analysis, material selection analysis, and prototyping.  The x-ray camera head was produced on New England Tech’s 3D printer.  The support mechanism/arms and dolly were fabricated in the MCT laboratory. Finally, the prototype was assembled, adjusted, and tested.   As part of their final project, Taylor and Vishnu demonstrated the x-ray machine to the very appreciative Vet Tech students and faculty.

Dean Plowman, Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, stated, “This was a great interdisciplinary project between Mechanical Engineering and Veterinary Technology students using MCT and 3D printing techniques.  It was great to see students working together from very different programs to achieve a common goal. We are all so very pleased with the outcome.”

 

NEIT Faculty Named Vet Tech of the Year

RIVTAs 2014 Veterinary Technician of the year, Melanie Donnachie, CVT.

RIVTAs 2014 Veterinary Technician of the year, Melanie Donnachie, CVT.

The Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association (RIVTA) named NEIT’s Veterinary Technology instructor, Melanie Donnachie, CVT, as the 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year. The presentation was made at the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Meeting at the Audrain Auto Museum in Newport, RI. She began her career at NEIT as a Veterinary Technology lab assistant and now serves as a full time Vet Tech instructor.  

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University and an Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College (FL). Teaching Assistant in the Vet Tech. 

Congratulations to Melanie on this well-deserved recognition.

 

VET Tech Club gets All Access

VET Tech Mystic Aquarium

Vet Tech Club students visited the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut and were given a behind the scenes tour of the medical facilities by the aquarium veterinary technician.  The field trip was arranged by the club secretary, Cathleen Donovan, who is a volunteer at the aquarium.

Vet Tech Students Learn About Dentistry

Vet TechOn Thursday, December 4, 2014, Quarter 5 Veterinary Technology students attended the 2014 Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association Scientific Seminar at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island. These students participated in an all day Veterinary Technician program in dentistry which included dental charting for veterinary patients, intraoral radiography, anesthesia and the small animal dental patient, and client communications. This seminar provided students the opportunity to network with more than 450
veterinarians, technicians and practice managers. New England Tech is proud to offer Rhode Island’s
only American Veterinary Medical Association accredited Veterinary Technology program.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Veterinary Technology.

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Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

VET Tech grads get pinned

16-Vet TechGraduates from NEIT’s Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology program were presented with the Veterinary Technician Pin in recognition of completion of their course of study as a Veterinary Technician. It is worn as a symbol that the technician is an educated, credentialed professional. The ceremony was held on September 24, 2014.  Congratulations to Taylor Anicelli, Deneige Arguin, Brittaney Benjamin, Lauren Chardon, Lindsey Dias, Alyssa Fugere, Jennifer Hogan, Sarah Hurd, Kathryn Lincoln, Meghan McClain, Shannon McCusker, Gabrielle Pensis, Audrey Perkins, and Meagan Stockhecker.

Helping Those in Need

The 8th Annual Feinstein Enriching America Awards were held on November 19, 2014, at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus. Alan Shawn Feinstein, founder of the Feinstein Foundation, was on hand to congratulate several outstanding individuals for their service to the community. Awards were presented to two associate degree candidates and two bachelor degree candidates along with a faculty member. In addition, faculty, staff and students from the Automotive Technology program were also recognized for their contributions to a new on-campus program established with Rhode Island Special Olympics.

Congratulations to the following individuals for sharing their time and talent with so many worthy organizations.

David Cranmer, Professor and Assistant Department Chair

Dav has dedicated over 60 years of community service both in this country and in Africa ranging from scouting to church activities including extensive volunteer work with church choirs. Dav currently serves as the treasurer and executive committee member of the

Northeast Region Two Year College English Association. He is a board member of the New England Association of Teachers of English and is involved with the International Institute of RI. Dav is also secretary of the RI Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Sherika Parfitt, Information Technology, Bachelor of Science

Sherika is a very active member of NEIT’s Rotaract Club and participates in several on campus and off-campus activities. She has volunteered at several NEIT events including the Technology Career Expo, Health Care Career Fair, the Transportation Technology/Marine Technology Career Fair, and the annual fall cookout. Sherika served as the student representative on the First Dormitory Committee. In addition to sharing her time and talent for New England Tech activities, Sherika also volunteers for the South Providence Neighborhood Ministries, Kent County YMCA, Church of the Master, and numerous food drives and soup kitchens.

Matthew Speidel, Information Technology, Bachelor of Science

Matthew is extremely active as a World War II re-enactor. He serves as a unit clerk and is responsible for all communications between the re-enactors and the community including arranging performances as well as tracking participants, equipment, personnel records and historical documents. Matt plays the role of an American soldier in the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, as well as that of a German 6th SS Mountain Division soldier.  He also participates in parades, living history performances, public re-enactments, and tactical events.

Keith Doherty, Physical Therapy Assistant Technology, Associate in Science

Keith shares his talents at Generations Rehabilitation Center assisting with the rehabilitation of individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. He also works with adjudicated teenage boys at Ocean Tides, a Lasallian school and residential program that is committed to providing a challenging, safe and healthy learning environment for its residents. For more than 10 years, Keith has taught martial arts self-defense techniques to local law enforcement as well as military personnel through the Modern Army Combative Program.

Aaron White, Veterinary Technology, Associate in Science

Aaron is an active participant with the Rehoboth Historical Society. Each year, he honors all veterans at a cemetery in Rehoboth by placing a new flag on each grave. He also helps maintain the Historical Rehoboth Liberty Tree. Aaron is a volunteer at the Sylvan Animal Clinic in Fall River, MA, and participates in the Alan Shawn Feinstein Campaign Against Hunger. Aaron is president of NEIT’s Vet Tech Club.

New Vet Practice Management Offered at New England Tech

The Associate in Science degree program in Veterinary Practice Management will prepare students to lead administrative operations of single and multiple veterinarian practices. The curriculum will provide students with the foundation needed to develop the required critical thinking , managerial, and professional skills to perform as effective members of the veterinary team. Students will be exposed to basic pharmacology, inventory controls, human resources, customer service techniques, practice management skills, economics, and communications.

The program is offered in the evenings so that students currently working in the field, who want to move into management, will have the opportunity to enroll in the program while maintaining their employment.

via New Practice Management Course Offered at New England Institute of Technology! | Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Veterinary Practice Management Technology.

More Information | Apply Now

Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

Guide dog lands spot in yearbook

We already know that dog is mans best friend but who knew they could be so in tune to a persons well-being like Taxi is to Rachel?

Service dogs are widely accepted for a variety of disabilities, including visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically impaired.  Including dogs trained to recognize the onset of symptoms for diabetic and seizures.

From Today.com

This year, one of the photos in the yearbook at Hector Garcia Middle School is not like the other.

Pictured alongside the portraits of smiling students is one particularly friendly face — Taxi Benke, a service dog who looks out for 14-year-old Rachel Benke.

Rachel and Taxi have been inseparable for the last four years, ever since they were connected by Cindy Buechner, who trains seizure alert dogs. When Taxi first came into Buechner’s life, she immediately thought of Rachel’s mom Teresa who she’d met at a jewelry party, and knew the dog would be immensely helpful for the family.”They found us,” Teresa told TODAY.com.

“We hadn’t been looking into service dogs…we thought she might need one when she was older, but it was just a God thing that he found us.”

via Guide dog lands spot in yearbook next to girl he takes care of: ‘They’re such a great team’ – Pets – TODAY.com.

Faculty Update: New Vet Tech Lab Assistant

Nick VET Tech

Nicolas Raimondi

Nicolas Raimondi, Lab Assistant Veterinary Technology

Nick joins the Veterinary Technology Department, bringing a commitment to caring for domesticated animals and wildlife. He has worked as a Veterinary Assistant and a Veterinary Technician in veterinary clinics and animal hospitals in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, performing such duties as triage, assisting in the ICU, as well as supervising and training staff. In his most recent position, primarily as an anesthesia technician at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, he has worked in emergency, intensive care, surgery, neurology, radiology and MRI.

His experience as an instructor includes serving as the Technician Training Coordinator at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, where he wrote the technician training manual, developed a level of skills checklist and testing system, and organized in-house continuing education programs. He was also an instructor in the Veterinary Assistant Certificate program at Asnuntuck Community College.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire. He has served on the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association Board of Directors as the corresponding secretary and as a liaison between the RI state board and the national board and as the certification chair responsible for checking the credentials of the certified veterinary technicians in the state of RI. He is working towards obtaining his Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) certification in anesthesiology. Nick has been a Wildlife Care Volunteer in the Tufts Wildlife Clinic and at the Laughing Brook Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.