The Veterinary Technology program at Colby Community College logged another first on Nov. 20 at the College farm.  Students in the Veterinary Technology and Horse Production programs observed an in-house stem cell therapy procedure performed on a horse owned by CCC.  

Cutting-Edge Stem Cell Therapy Procedure Performed at CCC Farm

Tue Dec 16, 2014 at 06:30 PM

The Veterinary Technology program at Colby Community College logged another first on Nov. 20 at the College farm.  Students in the Veterinary Technology and Horse Production programs observed an in-house stem cell therapy procedure performed on a horse owned by CCC. 

The in-house stem cell therapy kit for the procedure was donated to the college enabling students to learn how to perform the laboratory aspects of the procedure.  In addition, it was an opportunity for the horse production students to observe the benefits of the therapy first-hand.

The patient was a 7-year-old quarter horse mare owned by the college that suffered from arthritis in her hocks and stifles.

Colby Community College became the first veterinary technology program in the nation to train veterinary technician students in stem cell therapy in 2011.  Its on-campus program was one of the initial veterinary technology programs established in the U.S., and is the only on-campus program in Kansas fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

CCC also has the only fully online AVMA accredited veterinary technology program to originate from a Kansas college.

Adult animal stem cell technology uses the body’s own regenerative healing power to help cure dogs, cats and horses suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, tendon, ligament and cartilage injuries and other ailments. Fat tissue is removed from the animal; the stem cells are separated and activated, and then injected into the affected areas. Within about a month of the procedure, the horse should be moving well, with little or no pain.

The treatment was performed by Dr. Preston Hickman, DVM, of Wichita Equine and Sports Medicine and Dr. Larry Snyder, DVM, University Bird and Small Animal Clinic of Topeka.

This advanced, drug-free technology is pioneered by MediVet-America (www.MediVet-America.com), based in Kentucky. Stem cell kits have been supplied to veterinarians across the U.S., who are seeing tremendous results. Animals that had been lame, unable to climb stairs or jump up, are walking, running and playing.

The college accepts up to 27 students each year for the on-campus vet tech program and has unlimited enrollment for its online program.  For more information about the Vet Tech program, contact Dr. Jennifer Martin at 460-5466.

The Director of the Equine Program at Colby Community College is Shanda Mattix.  She also is the Head Coach of the Equestrian Team.  For more information, contact her at 785.460.5464.