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If you’ve been thinking about a career as a Veterinary Technician, Tidewater Community College has a program worth looking at. You can earn your Associate of Applied Science degree in 24 months, on campus in Virginia Beach. 

(Not yet experienced in the veterinary field? Start here.)

Veterinary Technology classes will begin in August 2018, and run two nights per week. However, you must apply by April 30th, 2018.

Here’s the low-down on this week’s Veterinary Technology Program Open House on campus:

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Time: 7 PM to 10 PM

Where: TCC Virginia Beach Campus Student Center, Room K-219
               1700 College Crescent
               Virginia Beach, VA 23453

RSVP here

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Note: Neither Dr. Miele, nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic nor its staff warranties or guarantees the programs and services offered by Tidewater Community College. This blog post does not constitute an offer or promise of future employment here or elsewhere.

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After the workday ended last Saturday, I traveled from Little Creek Veterinary Clinic to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newport News, VA, to attend this year’s CFA All Breed Cat Show. I was impressed by how unimpressed the cats were; it made for a relaxed event.

What: Cat Fanciers Association All Breed Cat Show, by Pawprints in the Sand and Chamberlin on the Bay

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Who: Various breeds of cats (fancy breeds and housecats) were represented at this year’s show. The slideshow below features just some of the breeds I saw. And although I was lucky enough to cuddle a sweet Tonkinese kitten, I did not get a photo of it — so you’ll have to settle for these photos, instead.

Enjoy the slideshow!

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From our inbox to yours:

Need a unique holiday gift? Help us name our newest lion cub in honor of a loved one!

Name submissions for the MALE lion cub will be accepted through December 22, 2017, at Noon. The Virginia Zoo will donate 100 percent of the naming contest proceeds to the Pride Lion Conservation Alliance, which leads efforts in four key lion ranges, researching and protecting 20 percent of Africa’s existing wild lion population.

The Zoo has raised over $1,000 so far and the top five names are:

1.    Talley
2.    Thabo
3.    Khufu
4.    Emery
5.    Shazier

Click HERE to submit your name choice. 

For cub cuteness 24 hours a day, check out Zola and her baby on our CUB CAM.

P.S. I wonder if anyone has submitted the name “Larrymore” in honor of our local elementary school?

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Saturday, October 21st – 22nd, 3 PM
Bark in the Park 2017 5K Doggy Dash & 1 Mile Puppy Trot
Sunday, October 22nd, noon – 5 PM
Family Fun Fest

900 City Park Dr., Chesapeake
Registration fees apply.

www.chesapeakehumane.org/bip

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Sunday, October 29th, 10 AM – 1 PM
Mutt Masquerade 5K & 1 Mile Walk
31st Street at the Oceanfront, VB
Registration fees apply.

www.vbspca.com/5k

Will your pooch be participating?
Check with us to make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date!

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At the end of 2016, I mentioned in a blog post that I would limit my postings to original content, rather than re-posting familiar subjects. The Little Creek Veterinary Clinic Circle of Life post each month is an exception, as is the annual October Pet Blessing list. Since I’ve already made those exceptions, here’s another:

In 2011, I ran a post called Be a Hero – Train a Service Dog. Service dogs are, quite literally, life-savers for the people who depend on them, and they therefore deserve another turn in the spotlight. 

The original post featured Leader Dogs for the Blind and Service Dogs of Virginia. Not to be left out, however, is Canine Companions for Independence. CCI has been providing assistance dogs, free of charge, to people in need since 1975. CCI assistance dogs help disabled people live more independently — in a sense, acting as the person’s extra set of hands.

The assistance dogs are trained to retrieve items, turn lights on and off, open doors, shut drawers, help with clothing, and more.

CCI dogs can also be trained to help the non-hearing, assist disabled veterans, and work in healthcare or education facilities.

[CCI dogs are not trained for health/medical alerting, guiding the blind, etc. More information can be found on the FAQ page.]

You may not ever need a CCI assistance dog, but if you’d like to be involved with their program, check out www.cci.org/GiveADogAJob. You’ll find options for donating funds, raising a puppy, and participating in Dog Fest Walk’N Roll.

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It’s that wonderful time of year when Hampton Roads churches
welcome your pets for a special blessing,
in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.
We’ve rounded up a selection of pet blessings for you.
This year, we’ve added churches in Newport News.
Check with your church if you don’t see its name listed here:

Sunday, October 1
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church…Norfolk……………4 PM
Historic St. Luke’s Church….Smithfield……………………..2-4 PM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church….Newport News……….1 PM
Use River Road entrance.
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church….Virginia Beach………….2 PM
Accepting donations of pet toys and food for a local animal shelter. 

Wednesday, October 4
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church….Virginia Beach…4:30 PM
In picnic pavilion.

Saturday, October 7
Christ the King Catholic Church….Norfolk…………………………………9:15-10:15 AM
In school parking lot. Accepting donations of pet food for Norfolk SPCA
Church of the Holy Family….Virginia Beach………………………………11 AM
Hidenwood Presbyterian Church
….Newport News………………….10-11 AM

 

Sunday, October 8
Emmanuel Episcopal Church side yard….Virginia Beach……..3 PM
Episcopal Church of the Ascension….Norfolk……………………….11 AM-Noon
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd…Norfolk………………..10:15-11:30 AM
Nimmo United Methodist Church….Virginia Beach……………8:30 AM
Trinity Episcopal Church….Portsmouth……………………………….10:30-11:30 AM

Saturday, October 14
Hilton Christian Church….Newport News………..10 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church….Chesapeake………….10 AM

Sunday, October 15
Baylake United Methodist Church…..Virginia Beach….4PM

We have attempted to accurately reflect each church’s information for the event, but be sure to check with your preferred church for accuracy and any last-minute schedule changes, especially in the event of inclement weather.

 

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RiverFest, hosted by the Elizabeth River Project, is coming to Virginia Beach this Sunday, September 17th — and they’re holding a dog costume contest as part of the fun.

Enjoy kayaking, games, river animals, native plant sales, food trucks, live music, and more, all set in a lush park that is home to 20 acres of forest and wetlands on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River.

WHERE: Carolanne Farm Neighborhood Park
                 373 Gainsborough Rd, Virginia Beach

WHEN: 11 AM to 4 PM on September 17th

DOG COSTUME CONTEST: 2 PM
“The River’s Gone to the Dogs.” Create a river-themed costume for your pooch!

PARKING: Arrowhead Elementary School
                     5549 Susquehanna Dr.

WEB: www.elizabethriverfest.org 

FREE admission!

See what’s new at this year’s festival:
• “The River’s Gone to the Dogs,” a dog-costumed contest at 2 pm
• Free bike bells and bike valet if you come by bike
• Drawings for a stand-up paddleboard; a birthday party on the Elizabeth River Project’s
Dominion Energy Learning Barge; and tickets to Jack Johnson’s beach concert Sept. 27
• A live mermaid
• Live music with Lewis McGhee, Mountaintide and the Storyweavers
• The free kayak paddles include a tour to a planned new waterfront park
• Native plant sales and plant walks
• Girl Scouts can earn the new Elizabeth River patch
• Symbolic adoption of river otters at the Elizabeth River Project membership tent
• Satellite parking at nearby Arrowwood Elementary School.

Bringing your dog? Dr. Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic reminds you to be sure your pets are protected against common communicable diseases. Learn more here and here.

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