Veterinary Technology program sets up for annual pet adoption day



The Veterinary Technology program will host their annual pet adoption day from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. These are the nine animals up for adoption that the students from the program fostered over the past academic year.

The Veterinary Technology program will host a pet adoption day this Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology building.

There are five cats and four dogs up for adoption with all of them microchipped, vaccinated, spayed and neutered. The cats cost $30 to adopt and the dogs are $50.

The students in the program fostered each of the dogs and cats collectively.

“These animals who are all adopted from animal control facilities helped train people who are going to be working in the medical field, helping to train people to become new veterinary technicians,” said Animal Health Instructional Technician Karen Purdy.

Purdy said they look through all of the applicants to find the most suitable home for each pet.

“At noon, we’ll be deciding who’s most suitable for the animals,” Purdy said. “If somebody is thinking about adopting a dog and they already own a dog or dogs, we encourage them to bring their current pets so we can let them loose in our fenced grass area to make sure they get along well.”

Sarah Provoncha, a 45-year-old veterinary technology major, is a sophomore student who fostered Neville, a black labrador.

“The first year is all about filling your brain full of knowledge,” Provoncha said. “Then the second year is you taking all that information and it’s all hands-on, so you get to apply everything you learned.”

Provoncha said she enjoyed her time taking care of the animals.

“These animals, they’ve sacrificed for us all year long,” Provoncha said. “They’ve been with us every step of the way, helping us learn how to do injections and how to do different procedures.”

Purdy said she hopes the adoption shines a light on the program.

“We’re hoping it brings awareness to the fact that we do have a vet tech program because we are one of, I think, only three in Northern California community colleges that have a vet tech program,” Purdy said.

Veterinarian Technology Assistant Andrea Atkins said she gets happy when she sees the pets get adopted.

“There’s always a sense of joy that we’ve got these nice healthy animals that are finding their forever homes,” Atkins said.

Purdy said they will take pet toy donations at the adoption day event by anyone, even if they don’t adopt an animal.