Do you have dogs at your house? Have you ever washed them in your house? If so, you know it’s a big deal and an even bigger mess. To help ease this problem for dog owners, a dog wash event was held by the Veterinary Medical Technology (VMT) club on March 2 and 3.
This event is one of two that the VMT club holds each semester and is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers. The funds earned are used for their end of semester trips.
There were many people who wanted their dogs washed, and the waiting line was long. Many breeds of dogs were there to get washed, dried, trimmed and their toenails clipped. VMT club members worked hard and looked tired, but they didn’t lose their smiles.
“I really enjoyed myself doing the dog wash. I liked interacting with different kinds of dogs and working with everyone else to take care of the dogs,” said Meta Porcella ‘14.
However, sometimes the club members experience difficulties. Victoria Alterio ‘13 has experienced trouble restraining dogs that do not cooperate easily. She also has witnessed owners that do not take care of their animals appropriately. Extreme wax build up and overgrown nails presents a challenge for the VMT crew, especially if the dogs are skittish.
“Doing this helps me interact with animals that I am not used to being around. This will help me in my field of work after I graduate because the animals I'll be working with won't know me just like I won't know them. It gives me the chance to increase my knowledge on handling animals and their reactions,” said Alterio.
“There aren't many difficulties, it just takes a little time to figure out what they like and do not like,” said Porcella.
Club members think this event is great for students to interact with the local community. It is also beneficial to the community because they are getting a chance to meet some Wilson students and receive a valuable service, while supporting them.