Veterinary Students Participate with SPCA in 'Animal Cops Houston'
Posted August 07, 2014
students at the HSPCA are filmed as part of the television show
"Animal Cops Houston."
A select group of Texas A&M veterinary students were
recently given the unique opportunity to communicate their
knowledge of various animal health issues during their
participation with the Houston SPCA for Animal Planet’s filming for
“Animal Cops Houston.”
Animal Cops is a show featured on the Animal Planet network that
follows and highlights the work of animal cruelty investigators.
This particular series was set in Houston and followed the Houston
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) to
investigate animal cruelty and take necessary measures to protect
“This is the first time we have worked with veterinary students
on an Animal Cops show, and witnessing their experiences of working
with the Houston SPCA agents and veterinary team gives us a new
perspective on the work carried out at the shelter,” said David
Terry, production manager for Animal Cops. “The presence of the
students in the series really helps us layer our stories by weaving
interviews from experienced professionals with reactions from those
seeing animal cruelty for the first time.”
Laura Saunders, a Texas A&M veterinary student who
participated in the filming, explained her experience working and
communicating alongside professionals on the show. “I think the big
thing I learned was that you have to be able to communicate at a
level where everyone will understand,” said Saunders. “There would
be times during an interview where the film crew would ask me or
the veterinarian what a specific term was and we would get the
chance to further explain it. It was a great experience.”
The students not only gained valuable communication skills and
new experiences, but also learned about animal cruelty issues as
they worked alongside this influential organization and ultimately
helped to save many animals’ lives.
“Working with the Texas A&M veterinary students on the
making of Animal Cops Houston was a great experience,” said Terry.
“We were, and continue to be, very impressed with the caliber of
students coming to the shelter and the ‘can do’ attitude they bring
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