Becker introduces Girls Inc. to veterinary science
Published on: July 24, 2019
Recently, a group of 30 ninth graders from Girls Inc. Worcester were invited to Becker College to take part in animal and veterinary science STEM activities. The program, held at Becker’s Veterinary Clinic at Lenfest Animal Health Center, is part of a partnership between Becker and the Girls Inc. Eureka program. The girls participated in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math —activities, giving them a broad view into numerous avenues within the veterinary science field.
This isn’t the first time Girls Inc. has been to Becker College. The organization contacted the Lenfest Animal Health Center a few years ago asking if they would participate. This is now the third year of the partnership.
The girls worked in the same labs where freshman lab classes are held. In addition, most of the activities the girls experienced were hands-on, to provide maximum exposure into the veterinary field. Those activities included listening to an animal’s heartbeat, completing a physical exam, reviewing the blood cells of different species, clicker training, and understanding a dog’s body language.
“It’s important to understand whether a dog is approachable or not, even if you aren’t a pet owner,” said Shannon Babyak, Director of Clinical Instruction.
Girls Inc. Eureka is a year-round, five-year program that empowers girls in 8th-12th grade to be inspired by exploring both leadership and academic opportunities in STEM fields. Each summer, the girls travel to different colleges that touch upon various STEM topics.
The staff at Becker’s Lenfest Animal Health Center said they loved seeing the girls get excited and involved in the activities. They noted that the Girls Inc. participants remarked on how much they enjoyed their experience—and some expressed interested in studying at Becker. Girls Inc. Eureka will return to Becker College August 14-15, when approximately thirty 8th grade girls will be part of the program.