Students enrolled in the Colby Community College Veterinary Technology program are participating in National Veterinary Technician Week activities Oct. 15-21. 

Veterinary Technicians Week: Oct. 15-21

Tue Oct 10, 2017 at 10:56 PM

Students enrolled in the Colby Community College Veterinary Technology program are participating in National Veterinary Technician Week activities Oct. 15-21.  The event is sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA), a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the veterinary technician profession.

Pets are important to many families, yet sometimes they don’t receive the care they deserve. As a member of the veterinary health care team, veterinary technicians are educated in the latest medical advances and skills.  They work closely with the veterinarians, veterinary assistants, practice managers, patients and owners to provide the essential link with all involved in the care process.

CCC is home to the only veterinary technology program in Kansas that is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  CCC was also one of the first veterinary technology programs established in the United States, achieving initial accreditation in 1974. 

In 2012, with the help of a United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant, CCC began a distance learning veterinary technology program that delivers courses online through ColbyConnect, the college’s web-based learning platform. Today students from California to Florida have become CCC Trojans, and online vet tech enrollment has increased 10-fold since its inception. The program was listed among the Most Affordable Online Colleges for Veterinary Technicians (SR Education Group, 2017).

National Veterinary Technician Week activities will begin Oct. 13 when the college hosts the 46th Annual Veterinary Technicians Conference. Registered veterinary technicians from the region will attend to hear national experts on animal medicine, nutrition and technology.

Dr. Jennifer Martin is the director of the on-campus and distance learning vet tech program at CCC.  Dr. Beth Fenton and Melissa Stomberg are instructors for the on-campus and distance learning programs, and Dr. Shad Clymer is the coordinator for the distance learning program.