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District V Message--Dean Dittmar--1/19/2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008

New Veterinary Technology Program

This news article was taken from the FARMWEEK newspaper weblink at :

SIU and community college offer new veterinary technology program - Thursday, December 20, 2007

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) and five community colleges are working together to offer a veterinary technology program.

SIUC is helping provide 24 community college students the hands-on experience with animals crucial to a new vet tech associate degree being offered at the community colleges through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market.

“The idea has been in the works for years but required much specialized equipment, facilities, and training,” said SIUC adjunct faculty member Dr. Nancy Henry, a veterinarian and director of the new veterinary technology program. A $100,000 USDA grant helped buy some essential equipment.

Participating colleges are SIUC, John A. Logan, Kaskaskia, Rend Lake, Shawnee, and Southeastern.

Students are taking general education classes on their home community college campuses. They will take vet tech classes at both the Common Market facility in Herrin and on the SIUC farms with cooperation of the College of Agricultural Sciences and the animal science faculty. The first students enrolled in August.

The curriculum includes courses on nursing of large and small animals, surgery, radiology, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology. Students will gain practical experience through internships at a variety of veterinary settings and by helping at local animal shelters.

“Veterinary technicians are basically the nurses, the radiologists, the dental hygienists, and the pharmacy techs of the animal world,” Henry said. “They do everything except diagnose, prescribe, and perform surgery, although they do assist in almost every aspect of veterinary care.”

Graduates will qualify for the national accreditation test and become certified veterinary technicians after they pass.

There’s a real need for veterinary technicians in Southern Illinois — I don’t know how many veterinarians have called me asking for help — it’s a profession that’s growing,” Henry said. “Entry-level salaries range between $10 and $15 an hour, depending on the area.”

Graduates who want to be veterinarians may enter SIUC’s four-year animal science program as juniors and specialize in pre-veterinary science to prepare for veterinary medicine college. Vet tech graduates also may earn four-year degrees at SIUC in equine science or animal production.

For more information, e-mail Henry at [email protected], call 618-942-6902, or write her at 3213 S. Park Ave., Herrin, Ill., 69248. Visit SIUC’s animal science department online at 

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