Out & About: Veterinary technology students host pet wellness clinic

Valley News Calendar Editor
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

RANDOLPH — Vermont Technical College veterinary technology students are offering free pet wellness exams for cats and dogs whose owners are on public assistance from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday at the Randolph Center Fire Department, at 107 Furnace St.

The students — who are members of the VTC Vet Tech Club — will be supervised by their professor, veterinarian Thomas Hecimovich.

The clinic is open to residents of the Twin States and people must bring proof that they are on public assistance. Cats must be in cages and dogs must be leashed.

“We do wellness exams, rabies vaccinations ... We’ll treat any minor parasites they may have,” said Kim St. Germaine, a volunteer and veterinary technology student at VTC.

The first clinic was held in June and have taken place every month since. Each time, more people come for it. In August, 22 families attended.

“It was widely attended. We were busy,” St. Germaine said. “There’s a lot of families who have more than one pet that they bring us.”

The most common requests are for flea and tick treatment, she said. The students do not provide nail clipping or other grooming services. They also hand out applications for the Vermont Spay and Neuter Incentive Program.

“There is a need,” St. Germaine said. “Everything that we do ... is through donations.”

Editor’s note: For more information, email animalaidvt@gmail.com. Donations can be made by mailing checks to VTC, Attn: Dr. Tom Hecimovich, PO Box 500, Randolph Center, Vt., 05601. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.