Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Douglas College VOAC grad pairs dogs with new owners

As a veterinary assistant, Ilana Goldberg is familiar with the struggles involved with rehoming pets.

But she became more familiar with the arduous process when helping a friend rehome a Beagle named Max.

“I soon realized after posting on Craigslist that there were a lot of people who seemed interested and would email, but were not serious or ready to own a dog. I looked on Facebook for a group to post him in and saw other cities had pages but nothing came up in Vancouver,” Goldberg said.

Realizing the obvious need for a page in her city, the Douglas College Veterinary Office and Animal Care Certificate (VOAC) graduate took matters into her own hands. In 2014, Goldberg created the Facebook group Adoptable Dogs Vancouver, connecting owners looking to rehome with people looking to adopt.

“The primary goal of this page was to help network these dogs and make it an easier choice than buying a new puppy for those who are open to it. There is a problem if we have so many rescues needing homes and people wanting to adopt them, but thinking there are no dogs available,” Goldberg said.

Since its inception, the page has helped connect countless individuals. And the feedback Goldberg has received has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Through my job and life experience I have learned that the bond between humans and pets is so very special. Animals can greatly increase quality of life for us by providing love, affection, responsibility, socializing and change in perspective,” she said.

Goldberg – who has two dogs herself – has always been passionate for animals. Her curiosity for all things animal-related led her to the VOAC program three years ago. Since her graduation, she has worked at the Oak Animal Hospital in Vancouver.

“The program opened the doors for me to work in a career I’m passionate about,” Goldberg said, noting she plans to further her education in the field, specifically in Veterinary Clinic Management and Animal Behaviour.

“Within my role as a vet assistant and running Adoptable Dogs Vancouver, I try to lead with compassion and understanding to my fellow humans while prioritizing the health and safety of animals and feel strongly that the two can coexist.”


Friday, July 15, 2016

Douglas College to offer Geological Resources Diploma

Looking to break into the mining industry?

Douglas College will be offering a Geological Resources Diploma this fall.

The two-year program will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in mining and mining exploration.

“This diploma bridges the gap between finding employment and getting a degree,” said David Waddington, chair of the Earth and Environmental Sciences department. “Students who graduate from this program can go to work right away or continue to a university degree.”

The diploma program features a flexible program structure and most courses are university transferable to the research universities in B.C.

“There is no other program like this offered in the province,” Waddington said. “Douglas College is really expanding options for students and providing the hands-on training they need to start their careers.”

The creation of this diploma program comes as approximately 40 percent of the current workforce in the mining industry will need to be replaced in the next 10 years, opening up many opportunities for grads.

Students interested in the program can apply now to start in September.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Video: Meet Communications student Domunique Booker

It makes perfect sense that Domunique Booker's first steps were on a basketball court. The life-long basketball player has always been immersed in the world of sport. Now, she's taking her passion for the game and bringing it off the court as a sports broadcaster.
Domunique is honing her skills as a writer and on-air personality by taking Communications at Douglas. When she's not in class, the soon-to-be media maven can be found shooting, editing and preparing segments for the Athletic's department. Her next move? Transferring to an accredited journalism program.

Check out this video to learn more.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Douglas College Poem of the Month: July 2016

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "In Retrospect" by D'arcy Arseneau.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website. Read more...