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Full-time vet tech adds to services at humane society
Janean Boss-Anderson is the Green County Humane Societys first full-time veterinary technician. She started in the beginning of April.
MONROE - The Green County Humane Society plans to fix 90 cats this year at spay and neuter clinics, thanks to the help of a recently hired veterinary technician.

Monroe resident Janean Boss-Anderson began working as the Green County Humane Society's full-time veterinary technician at the beginning of April, allowing the humane society to perform more medical procedures for animals throughout the year, said Laci Westgard, director of public affairs for the humane society.

"I do medications for the animals; I do the rounds and check up with all the animals," Boss-Anderson said, adding that she also runs tests on the humane society's animals, administers vaccines, de-worms them and more. "A little bit of everything, really."

Boss-Anderson, who has lived in Green County since her childhood, worked as a staff member at the humane society in 2011. While she worked there, she received a certified veterinary technician degree from Globe University and began working as a vet tech at the Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center in 2014.

Boss-Anderson said she grew up on her family's dairy farm and worked with horses and cows throughout high school. Now, she and her husband keep a herd of dairy cattle as well as several horses and dogs.

"I've been working with animals my entire life," Boss-Anderson said.

Westgard said the presence of a full-time vet tech - a first for the humane society - will allow the no-kill shelter to bring in more dogs from high-kill animal shelters and help animals find new homes more quickly.

Boss-Anderson's presence will also allow the humane society to hold more spay and neuter clinics each year, the next of which will take place Saturday.

Boss-Anderson said the humane society will spay or neuter 30 cats at the May clinic, and another 30 toward the end of the summer. The clinic will also hold two smaller 15-cat clinics in the fall.

Westgard said the humane society was only able to hold two spay and neuter clinics each year before Boss-Anderson joined the humane society. In addition to the new vet tech, two veterinarians from Broadview University will also volunteer their services at the clinic.

"The clinic helps prevent overpopulation of cats," Boss-Anderson said. In addition to spaying and neutering, the clinic will also vaccinate, de-worm and de-flea cats as well.

While the May clinic has already been filled, cat owners can be added to a waiting list for future clinics by contacting the Green County Humane Society. People wishing to volunteer to assist with the animals can also contact the humane society.