Veterinary Science Students Learn White Blood Cell Identification

Heather Judge, EASTERN Veterinary Science/Abington Senior High SchoolEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science students are learning about the immune system and how to identify white blood cells. The white blood cells students are analyzing are on actual blood smears located on a website called Zooniverse.org, which is a collection of active, real research projects that use the help of the general public to search through pictures, documents, and
videos to accumulate scientific or research data to help researchers.

“A couple of weeks ago my students did a project identifying a number of different species in wildlife preserves in African countries,” said Karen McGeehan, EASTERN’s Veterinary Science Instructor.

“The project they are working on this week is looking at health anomalies in monkeys and how it affects their neurological function. The eventual goal of this is to see if these animals may be a good model for studying conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are really great research projects happening on the Zooniverse site from all different science and research fields. I have found it to be a great resource during distance learning.”

In addition to the continuance of their Veterinary Science instruction including the immune system, viruses, zoonotic disease, and vaccination, they are working on their OSHA 10-hour training for healthcare. The OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) training course provides training for entry-level workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in healthcare industry.

It is EASTERN’s goal to keep all 14 career and technical programs engaging for our students during this time. EASTERN Instructors seek out new and innovative ways to keep the educational process strong, challenging, and meaningful. For information regarding the online industry-standard certifications and certification preparation that EASTERN students are receiving, please visit eastech.org.

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