July 20th, 2002

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so i was reading more about the vet tech program through laguardia community college. this is a 2 year program that will give me an AAS (associates in applied science) in Veterinary technolgy. It is a mandatory set of classes that a future vet tech must take to be certified and apply for a vet tech license. It is an AVMA (american veterinary medical association) accredited program, and thus VERY standard. It can only be taken at such accredited community colleges( as annoying as it is to go to a community college after a BA from Oberlin). There are not all that many around the counntry, actually.

anyway, my point: here i am wanting to go into an area that will allow me to help animals, work directly with them, get into research regarding ways to help them (not research ON them) and i find that the first clinical class(see you have to take a semester of NON clinical courses, like english and "intro to vet tech" which talks about different careers and all....and if you are ranked in the top 1/3, then you are granted entrance into the rest of the program..so this clinical work would not start until the second-spring- semester)..
the first clinical class is ANIMAL RESEARCH. Not only would i have to work with rats and such in the college lab, i HAVE to do a REQUIRED internship in an animal research lab! (barf!!!!) i cant believe it!. On top of this, the handbook says that for other courses, we "practice" on school owned dogs and cats. WHAT THE FUCK! They OWN cats and dogs that are constantly injected..put to sleep etc?
this all seems quite extreme, although i do understand that vet techs so work in labs...it does not seem right that i be forced to do an internship in animal research!!!
im going to call on Monday and verify my fears. Im going to call the department and ask what type of internship this "animal research" has to be. If it's lab work from veterinary clinic samples, or taking samples and studying them from animals in the office...fine..but if i have to work with (as is says in the book) "one of the many pharmeceutical company labs in the metropolitain area", there is NO WAY i could possibly pursue this. How horrible! I cant even get certified to work in a vet office without having to somehow give up my values regarding animal cruelty.
but before i accuse, i do needto call the dept and figure out my options.
if this doesnt work, out, im taking bio 101 and chem 101 from bmcc.