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Macomb Community College hosts annual People, Pets & Vets at Center Campus on Oct. 26

– Wednesday, October 2, 2019 1:00PM

Free family event with all types of animals, teddy bear clinic, live surgeries and information on animal care and veterinary careers

Macomb Community College’s veterinary technician program and partner Michigan Veterinary Medical Association presents the 16th annual People, Pets & Vets, Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. With animals of all kinds including household pets, reptiles, exotic birds and large animals, this free family event features more than 50 information booths, demonstrations and live surgeries, offering a wide variety of information on animal care and disease prevention in addition to information on veterinary careers.

People, Pets & Vets will be held in E Building on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. A map of Center Campus is available here. No personal pets are allowed at the event.

A variety of animals will be on site, as will veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other animal care providers and service groups.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Animal behavior
  • Child safety
  • Pet first aid
  • Puppy socialization
  • Pet home hospice
  • Alternative treatments including acupuncture and herbal remedies
  • Common pet toxins
  • Animal eye care
  • Emergency care

Representatives will be on hand from local animal rescue groups and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Also available will be information on miniature pony rescue, therapeutic horseback riding and veterinary rehabilitation therapy.

Among the many popular activities at People, Pets & Vets is the live spay and neuter surgeries performed by local veterinarians. Children can also bring their wounded stuffed animals for “surgery” and a check-up at the Teddy Bear Clinic, where veterinary technician students from Macomb Community College and Michigan State University will tenderly perform needed repairs.

For more information about People, Pets & Vets, visit or call 586-286-2096.

About Macomb’s Veterinary Technician Program

Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association with a veterinary teaching hospital accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, Macomb’s associate degree program prepares individuals to work as a licensed veterinary technician in a variety of settings including veterinary clinics and hospitals, companion animal practices, large animal practices, research, zoos, education and pharmaceutical sales. Students learn about animal handling and restraint, conducting examinations, collecting and analyzing specimens, assisting in surgeries, administering anesthesia and pre- and post-operative care. Macomb graduates consistently exceed the national average by 15 to 20 percent on the Veterinary Technician National Examination, earning an average pass rate of 90 percent or greater.

About the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

The Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, founded in 1883, is comprised of more than 2,200 veterinarians. It provides continuing education for veterinarians and related professionals, monitors state legislation and regulations and promotes veterinary medicine through a multifaceted public education program. Each year the association provides more than 200 hours of educational programs for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and support staff.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271,