2017-08-20 / Community View

Area students enrich vocational interests during

summer campat Ed-Tech


Advanced Animal Science students crowded around Dr. Kroll to learn suturing techniques. Dr. Kroll sutured a banana while explaining proper sanitation, sterilizing, healing and knot tying. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Advanced Animal Science students crowded around Dr. Kroll to learn suturing techniques. Dr. Kroll sutured a banana while explaining proper sanitation, sterilizing, healing and knot tying. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese ATTICA TWP. — Students attending the Lapeer Education and Technology Center (Ed-Tech)’s Advanced Animal Science Camp might have a new career goal after completing the four-day educational experience. The seventh ninth grade students were treated to lessons from Dr. Diana Kroll of Blue Water Equine Hospital, who instructed the kids on parasite identification with the help of microscopes as well as how to properly suture — albeit on a banana for demonstration.

“We’ve learned a lot about how animals can get sick,” said Imlay City Middle School seventh grader Emma Kent. “It’s fun but it’s a lot of work, but I love animals.” Kent and her peers analyzed fecal samples from the barnyard animals in Ed-Tech’s Animal Center, on the look-out for possible parasitic predicaments. Dr. Kroll also shared some details about the path needed to become a veterinarian, a path that after the camp, several students said they were now considering. “It’s a long, fun road,” said Kroll. In addition to her duties at the Blue Water Equine Hospital, Kroll is also in charge of the health of the Animal Center’s several varieties of farm animal.


Eighth-grader Dominick Truman of Montrose tries to spy wriggling parasites in a fecal sample provided by one of the Animal Center’s calves while his partner, Imlay City seventh-grader Carter Finch, looks on. Eighth-grader Dominick Truman of Montrose tries to spy wriggling parasites in a fecal sample provided by one of the Animal Center’s calves while his partner, Imlay City seventh-grader Carter Finch, looks on. Also taking place at Ed-Tech was a second round of the incredibly popular camp “Cookies, Cakes and Pies, Oh My!” which featured over a dozen sixth-eighth grade students concocting culinary creations while learning about proper kitchen safety, sanitation and specific baking techniques.


Rolland-Warner seventh-grader Angelina Earle portions out the perfect amount of cookie dough. Rolland-Warner seventh-grader Angelina Earle portions out the perfect amount of cookie dough. Nicholas Pugliese



As part of “Cookies, Cakes and Pies, Oh My!”, sixth-grader from Bishop Kelley in Lapeer Lauren Sherman lays out cookies to be baked as part of her task during the camp. As part of “Cookies, Cakes and Pies, Oh My!”, sixth-grader from Bishop Kelley in Lapeer Lauren Sherman lays out cookies to be baked as part of her task during the camp.

Dr. Kroll provided hands-on experience for the Advanced Veterinary Science students demonstrating aspects of her job with the Blue Water Equine Hospital. Dr. Kroll provided hands-on experience for the Advanced Veterinary Science students demonstrating aspects of her job with the Blue Water Equine Hospital.

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