SUNY Canton Celebrates National Vet Tech Week

If the neighbor’s dog swallows a tennis ball or the chubby cat suddenly stops eating, who will be there for them?

Although pets do not visit the same doctors and nurses as their owners, they do have someone that provides them with the same quality of care. Licensed veterinary technicians are educated professionals who work closely with veterinarians to ensure the best quality medical care for pets. The SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology and Veterinary Services Management programs will be recognizing the people who take care of our pets’ health by celebrating National Veterinary Technician week (Oct.11-17).

Vet Tech Students

“Veterinary technicians are part of the health care team that is largely responsible for the health of pets and large animals,” said Mary O. Loomis, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Veterinary Science Technology program. “It is fitting that we recognize their continued service to the people in the community and the smaller, but equally important, additions to their families.”

Among the scheduled activities and events is a showing of the movie “Marley and Me” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.14, in the Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton will also be hosting a New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians Seminar from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Newell Vet Tech Center. Guest speakers include Licensed Veterinary Technician Cathy Dornton, Lisa Brownson from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dog Behavioral Trainer Rachel Baum, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine David Chico from the Empire State Animal Response Team. The seminar is free to members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology Association (VTA). Non-VTA members are invited to attend for a $5 fee.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in American, Inc. (NAVTA) holds the National Veterinary Technology week to recognize veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare, as well as the veterinarians, assistants, practice managers and others involved with animal care. This year, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is sponsoring the week-long celebration.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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