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Blinn showcases its Veterinary Technology Program for prospective students

Partnership with Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences makes the program unique statewide

February 1, 2017

Blinn College Veterinary Technology ProgramThe Blinn College Veterinary Technology Program invites prospective students interested in a career in veterinary care to attend one of four upcoming information sessions.

The sessions will be held in Room CC-11 of Blinn’s Post Office Campus located at 301 Post Office Street (map) and will take place:

  • Thursday, Feb. 16, from noon – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23, from noon – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26, from 6-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 3, from noon – 1 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the program and its requirements for admission from Program Director David Sessum. To RSVP, visit www.blinn.edu/twe/vet_tech.

Blinn’s Veterinary Technology Program website also offers an online information session, which includes the same information as the face-to-face sessions. The online session includes an online quiz that must be completed with a score of 70 percent or higher to receive an application packet. Participation in an online or face-to-face information session is required for program admission.

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. A strong science and math background is needed to complete the academically rigorous two-year commitment, and students are required to have demonstrated an interest in the profession with 40 hours of supervised veterinary experience prior to submitting an application for admission.

Once enrolled, 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.”

For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/twe/vet_tech or call 979-209-7202.