MNTC Veterinary Assistant Program Feeds Hungry Pets Through Meals on Wheels Food Drive

Anna Aguilar

According to, 37 million people in America struggle with hunger. Of that number, 11 million are children. Food banks and hunger programs across the U.S. are becoming increasingly aware that when there is a nutritional need for a person, and if they are a pet owner, their pet likely has the same need for nourishment.

For this reason, Moore Norman Technology Center’s Veterinary Assistant career program got involved and held a pet food drive in October, with all donations going to help pets of MOW’s clients. The high-school only program was able to collect over 500 pounds of pet food and generated $90 in donations. They also collected pet toys and treats throughout the drive.

“My students used their talents to create posters and advertising and they worked with businesses to set up collection sites in the community. The communication between my two classes was outstanding and they fully managed the responsibilities of this student-led project,” said Veterinary Assistant Instructor Chris Jones.

Students set-up donation sites at the MNTC Franklin Road and South Penn campuses and also at their sending high schools in Norman and Moore, along with ScallyWags Grooming and The Dusty Paw, both in Moore.

Jones said, “Companion animals for the Meals on Wheels participants are vital in improving a client’s quality of life and they provide much needed companionship. Both humans and pets deserve a nutritious and appropriate meal to improve their quality of life and so we thank the MNTC family and all of our partners in this project for supporting us and making it successful.” 

The Veterinary Assistant program at MNTC trains students for work as veterinary assistants. They learn anatomy and physiology and medical terminology related to animals and go out to veterinary clinical sites for hours toward completing the program. 

They learn proper illness and wellness care for animals and how to assist in the care of animals during and after surgery. They gain hands-on experience and get to work with live animals and alongside teams in a veterinary setting. The program is exceptional college preparatory work for students who want to earn a medical degree in veterinary medicine and can also get them into industry quickly, with the earning potential in Oklahoma of $16,970 to $32,340.

To learn more visit here or call 405-801-5000.

Veterinary Assistant students show pet food they gathered during drive.

Veterinary Assistant students hold pet food drive to benefit Meals on Wheels of Norman during October 2019.

Veterinary Assistant students hold pet food drive

Veterinary Assistant students sort through food and donations gathered during their pet food drive to benefit Meals on Wheels of Norman held in October 2019. 

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