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Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit
What is NICU?
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Volunteer program for pre-vet students to work
in the foal ICU at the ISU Veterinary College
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Help the Vet Med student in the ICU with you
in certain treatments for the foals
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There will always be a Vet Med student with
you in the NICU
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You will have a partner to volunteer with
What will I do?
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Help Vet Med students with certain tasks
including:
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Milking mares
Feeding foals
Giving medications
Monitoring vitals
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You will not be asked to do anything you are
not comfortable with
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No large animal experience required!
When is NICU?
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Spring semester during foaling
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There may not always be foals!
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Shifts for NICU:
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Monday-Friday
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Saturday and Sunday
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3am-7am
5pm-10pm
10pm-3am
7:30am-1pm
1pm-5pm
Depending on volunteers, you may be
scheduled every 3-4 weeks
When do I go in?
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ONLY if you are called by a NICU Co-chair
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We will NOT call you after 9pm
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You are on-call for the day until 9pm
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On the weekends:
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Saturday volunteers will be called on Friday
nights
Sunday volunteers will be called on Saturday
morning or afternoon
What if I can’t make my shift?
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The NICU Co-chairs do not find replacements,
this is all on you!
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Switch shifts with another person so you don’t
lose a shift
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Find an alternate to cover your shift
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Look at the volunteer list for a specific person
to switch shifts
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Once you found someone to cover your shift,
email BOTH NICU Co-chairs so we can make
sure to call the right person
When we call you in:
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Contact your scheduled partner to arrange
transportation
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Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
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BE ON TIME!!
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For shifts from 7am-10pm, go to the Equine
front desk
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For shifts from 10pm-7am, call 515-294-6207 or
go to the small animal door and ring the ICU
bell, a student will let you in
Directions to Vet Med
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Go south on University Blvd. (towards Hwy
30)
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Take a left onto 16th street
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Then a right into the second driveway to the
Veterinary College
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Go through the large white gate (looks like it’s
just a fence)
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Park in the lot by the entrance to the Large
Animal Hospital in the client parking
Reminders
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When you are called in, you MUST go!
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Do NOT go to your shift if you are sick
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If you fail to show up for you shift, you will be
removed from the volunteer list
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If you cannot make your shift, you MUST
contact a replacement, BOTH NICU Co-chairs,
and your partner to tell them you switched
Reminders (cont.)
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CyRide doesn’t run at 3am, so tell us if you
need a ride
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Ask vet students questions
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Be respectful
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Don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with
How do I sign up?
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There will be a Google Doc sent out just after
the spring semester starts
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ONLY sign up if you are committed to being a
part of this program!
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Also, tell us when you sign up if you already
have any known conflicts so we can plan for
that
Questions?

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