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From left, Michele Vedbraaten and Erika MacKinnon, veterinary assistants at the Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji, perform a routine checkup on a cat Friday afternoon. Both women are students at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Eight years of school - bring it on; local clinic offers students a close look at being a vet

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Michele Vedbraaten placed an X-ray from a Maremma sheepdog onto an illuminator for the dog's owner to see.

"It looks good," Vedbraaten said of the hip bones.

Sighing with relief, the owner walked her dog to the front counter to fill out some final paperwork.

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