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NOVA-Loudoun students raise money for needy pets

December 7, 2009

Veterinary Technology student Sheri Virgulak participated in a fundraiser for the Vet Tech Club at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Members of the Vet Tech Club at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College recently learned they won a contest that raised money for the Helping Pets Fund, the benevolent arm of the American Animal Hospital Association. The Fund provides grants for emergency and non-elective treatment of pets in need.

During October 2009, student chapters of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) were encouraged to host fundraising events to raise awareness of the important role veterinary technicians play in the lives of pets. The contest was a collaboration of NAVTA, NAVTA student chapters and the American Animal Hospital Association.

“We were given the opportunity to do any kind of fundraising that worked best for us, so we held a raffle during our annual Open House, distributed brochures, and asked for donations from students, co-workers, friends and family,” said Danielle Woods, the fundraising chair. “Our combined efforts raised $1,702 for the Helping Pets Fund.”

To recognize their success, the club members and advisors will enjoy a celebratory luncheon in January. To learn more, contact Dr. Leslie Sinn, head of Veterinary Technology Program, at 703-450-2634 or lsinn@nvcc.edu.

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