Nathaniel Kapaldo, a Slippery Rock University biology major from Fairfax, Va., was one of two Army ROTC cadets in the country who participated in the Army Veterinarian Externship Program at the
Lt. Col. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital.
The Army uses the hospital at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to train dogs prior to use by the military and check animals before they are adopted following their service.
Kapaldo, a cadet major who plans on becoming a veterinarian, assisted with surgeries, immunizations, examinations and autopsies. He received a Commander’s Coin for outstanding service at the end of the three-week program.
“It was the most valuable experience I’ve ever had shadowing a veterinarian,” Kapaldo said. “I learned all the practical skills that veterinarians use day to day, and I was able to see a lot of the specialties that I may be able to go into in the future.”
Kapaldo said he learned about the program at SRU, applied and was accepted. His future plans are to attend veterinarian medical school in Colorado.
The Lt. Col. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital cares for more than 900 dogs and puppies as a subordinate unit of the Army Veterinary Command.
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