Blinn hosts Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association meeting

College shares information with local veterinarians about its Veterinary Technology Program

April 18, 2017

Blinn College’s Veterinary Technology Program recently shared program information with veterinarians from across the community during the Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association April meeting.

Dr. Elmer Godeny, Dean of Agriculture & Natural Sciences, attended to meet local veterinarians and develop clinical affiliation relationships with local practices. Phil Shackelford, Associate Director of the Blinn Foundation, presented an overview of Blinn College and updated attendees on donation opportunities, and Veterinary Technology Program Director David Sessum, LVT, provided a lecture regarding the utilization of veterinary technicians in a veterinary practice.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary technicians earn a median pay of $31,800 per year, and the profession is growing at a rate of 19% between 2014-24, resulting in 17,900 new jobs nationwide.

Veterinary technicians assist in diagnosis and surgery, sample collection, sample submission, client communication, and research. They provide support to veterinarians in much the same way nurses assist doctors. 

Blinn’s partnership with Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences allows Blinn students to get hands-on training in every aspect of the wide-ranging field.

“The level of education Blinn’s veterinary technology students receive is unparalleled,” Sessum said. “Our students participate right alongside veterinary medicine students at Texas A&M University and use state-of-the-art equipment you can’t find at other facilities.”

Up to 30 students are admitted to the program each Fall semester. First-year students participate in clinical rotations at five different veterinary clinics for one-week stints.  Second-year students perform clinical rotations for eight weeks at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  At the clinics, students perform the same tasks as a fully-credentialed veterinary technician, providing valuable real-world experience.

After earning their Associate of Applied Science, students are eligible to take their state and national exams to become fully-credentialed licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs). While most LVTs work in private practices, graduates also find employment with animal shelters, stables, reproductive facilities, zoos, wildlife facilities, pharmaceutical sales, the military and homeland security.

“The demand is there for veterinary technicians,” Sessum said. “We want Blinn College to be a resource for all vets in the state of Texas and beyond by providing an educated workforce. As we continue to grow and develop, we are working to strengthen ties in the community to assure that the program continues to be successful.”

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