Third-grader shows Vet Tech a little love

A small blonde boy holds an SPC bag in front of a presentation covered in pictures of animals up for adoption.

The lives of SPC’s College of Veterinary Technology housed animals were recently enhanced through an elementary school’s community service program and a child with a soft spot for animals.

A boy, holding a ferret, at the SPC Veterinary Technology Center

Owen McBride’s third-grade class was asked to select and complete a community service project. Because he loves animals, Owen decided to have his project benefit SPC’s Veterinary Technology Center. He collected blankets, towels, and toys from neighbors, friends, and family, and he also purchased treats and toys with funds he raised.

“Owen just loves animals. He chooses to help animals every year for this project,” said mom, Jennifer McBride, who is the Associate Director, Accreditation & Assessment—Institutional Research & Effectiveness at SPC.

Owen’s school tasks its students annually with a community service project. In previous years, Owen has chosen other animal-centered organizations like Southeastern Guide Dogs, for which he made dog collars (with the help of Mom and Dad) based on a pattern from SGD’s website. At the end of their projects, students show off their charitable deeds at a school fair. Owen went the extra mile for this by creating a poster that showcased every adoptable animal available at Vet Tech and encouraging everyone who viewed his project to adopt a new pet. He also handed out SPC swag.

A little boy and little girl stand in front of a table loaded with donations for Vet Tech.

Everything Owen collected was recently dropped off at Vet Tech by him and his twin sister Maddie. They were both given a tour of the facilities and got to meet the animals that would be benefiting from their generosity. Owen was especially impressed with the number of different animals that Vet Tech cares for and the different aspects of veterinary medicine that students learn while in the programs.

To learn more about the Veterinary Technology programs at SPC and how you can help change a pet’s life, please visit the SPC website or our page on Petfinder for animals available for adoption.

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