Animal Science students at H.B. Ward Technical Center (WTC) in Riverhead had the opportunity to learn from a professional when Dr. Stephanie Waters visited their class to teach a unit on cardiovascular health in animals. Dr. Waters, a veterinarian from Crawford Dog and Cat Hospital in Garden City first led a presentation, and then assisted the students in measuring heart, pulse and respiration rates in different animals. WTC is part of the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The Academy has campuses in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead.
The presentation covered the differences between pulse and heart rate, and how each one is measured. After learning how to take different cardiovascular vital signs, the students worked with animals in the classroom to learn the proper technique. The students were able to measure the heart and pulse rates of a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, ferrets, and guinea pigs. Dr. Waters assisted the students, showing them where to accurately place their fingers to measure a pulse, and how to properly restrain an animal that is being uncooperative.
“Meeting and working with someone in the industry provides students with a valuable and practical learning experience, “said Lori Beckmann, teacher of Animal Science at WTC. “Dr. Waters can show students how these measurements are taken in the field, and how they are used to evaluate the health of an animal. That hands-on knowledge is something you can’t get from a textbook.”
Jhoselyn Bunay, left, Hampton Bays UFSD, attempts to hear the heart rate of a ferret restrained by Emily McGuire, right, Miller Place UFSD.
Dr. Stephanie Waters restrains a ferret so Emily McGuire, Miller Place UFSD, can try to detect its heart rate.
Dr. Waters restrains a kitten so Nicole Tascarella, right, Eastport-South Manor CSD, can perform an exam.