Blinn Veterinary Technology Program to host information session on Saturday, Nov. 23
Students receive hands-on training in wide-ranging field through partnership with Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
November 18, 2019
The Blinn College District Veterinary Technology Program invites prospective students interested in becoming licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs) to learn more about the wide-ranging animal health field at an upcoming information session at noon on Saturday, Nov. 23. The session will be held in Building 1026, Room 107, at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine (map).
Blinn’s Veterinary Technology Program is a two-year program designed to prepare students to become fully credentialed LVTs. Blinn recently ranked No. 1 among Texas community colleges in preparing its students to pass the national board examination on their first attempt. Over the past three years, Blinn graduates averaged a 92.86% first-time pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), one of two tests required to become an LVT.
“This information session is an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about our innovative program and diverse clinical affiliate support,” said Dr. Catherine Pfent, Veterinary Technology Program Director. “The goal of our program is to prepare individuals with a passion for animal health care to embark on a rewarding career and our graduates reflect this expertise and dedication.”
Coupled with small class sizes and dedicated faculty, Blinn Veterinary Technology Program students also benefit from the College District’s partnership with Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. This relationship provides students hands-on training in every aspect of the wide-ranging field. Blinn is the only community college that has an agreement in place with Texas A&M University to complete laboratories and clinicals at its Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared for careers in animal shelters, educational institutions, government agencies, laboratory facilities, research, veterinary clinics, and zoological facilities, to name a few. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary technicians earn a median salary of $34,420 per year. Employment opportunities have expanded as veterinarians increasingly rely on technicians and technologists to perform general care and laboratory work. Between 2018 and 2028, the demand for veterinary technicians is expected to grow 19%, creating an additional 21,100 jobs nation-wide.
Due to Blinn’s reputation for excellence and a state-wide shortage of veterinary technicians, program graduates often accept jobs prior to graduation and many have multiple opportunities to choose from.
To register for the upcoming information session, visit www.blinn.edu/veterinary-technology/information-session. The Veterinary Technology Program also will host an information table during the Blinn Preview Days on the Bryan Campus on Nov. 15, Feb. 28, March 27, and April 24.
The next application cycle for the Fall 2020 cohort will open in the spring. For more information regarding Blinn’s Veterinary Technology Program, visit www.blinn.edu/veterinary-technology.
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