Lending A Helping Paw

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Two of the most popular guest speakers for the Veterinarian Assistant students at Pima Medical Institute, 370 Printers Parkway in Colorado Springs did not speak, at least not in the traditional fashion, when they were guests at the campus on Aug. 10th. However, the two dogs who visited from Canine Assistance Partners, made a strong impression as students learned about how these special dogs lend a helping paw to benefit society.

Two of the most popular guest speakers for the Veterinarian Assistant students at Pima Medical Institute, 370 Printers Parkway in Colorado Springs did not speak, at least not in the traditional fashion, when they were guests at the campus on Aug. 10th. However, the two dogs who visited from Canine Assistance Partners, made a strong impression as students learned about how these special dogs lend a helping paw to benefit society.

Canine Assistance Partners is a non-profit agency dedicated to the training and provision of specifically qualified working dogs to assist physically and emotionally disabled individuals so they may obtain a greater degree of personal freedom, independence and self reliance.

“It's amazing what these dogs do to help people,” said Karen McGrath, campus director for the Colorado Springs career college. “It really brought home the message of how important it is for our Veterinary Assistant students to know that the link between the health of animals is directly linked to the emotional well being of the people in the animal's life as well.”

Graduates of the 30 credit-hour Veterinary Assistant Program are trained to perform as an entry-level veterinary assistant. The training includes: orientation office procedures; master student; pharmacology; principles of disease; anatomy and physiology; emergency medicine and CPR; laboratory orientation; parasitology; surgery and anesthesiology; putting the patient first; veterinary nursing techniques; critical thinking; medical terminology and an externship. Graduates of this program are granted a certificate.

The Colorado Springs campus has programs for Dental Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Veterinary Assistant.

PMI is one of the premier medical career colleges in the western United States. The privately owned, accredited school provides students with a well-rounded education embracing theoretical classroom studies, as well as on-site training in allied health facilities within the community. This gives the student the opportunity to function in a working environment.

PMI has been serving students since 1972, with campuses in: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Mesa and Tucson, AZ; Chula Vista, CA, Seattle and Renton, WA; Las Vegas, NV; as well as Colorado Springs and Denver. Additional information is available by calling their toll free number, 888-442-5998 or online at http://www.pmi.edu.

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