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Building better vets

An AHS/U of M partnership provides valuable experience.

University of Minnesota veterinary students are getting hands-on surgical experience through a partnership with Animal Humane Society, Kindest Cut and the Melrose Animal Clinic, located at AHS’s Golden Valley facility.

The students participate in a week-long rotation at the clinic, with each of the nine students involved performing as many as a dozen spay/neuter surgeries per day. Students work primarily with animals from rescue organizations, but also dogs from AHS.

According to Kathie Johnson, senior director of operations at AHS, it’s an opportunity for the students to get experience with surgical training and learn about shelter medicine, as well as the value of affordable, high-volume, high-quality surgery. 

“We are happy to be partnering with the University of Minnesota,” Johnson said. “This collaboration benefits AHS because students will graduate with a better understanding of the realities of shelter medicine and the needs in our communities, and it helps the university because it better prepares its students to work in the community and provide spay/neuter services to their clients.” 

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