York County Community College Announces Partnerships to Close Veterinary Technician Gap

New England Council member York County Community College (YCCC) will be partnering with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) and the Maine Veterinary Medical Center (MVMC) in order to reduce the shortage of veterinary technicians in Maine.

The partnership between these three organizations will ease the transition for students who earn an Associate Vet Tech degree at YCCC to continue to pursue to a Bachelor’s degree at UMA. One of the required steps to become a licensed veterinary technician is to complete an internship.  Students will have more internship opportunities as UMA partners with MVMC to provide internships at veterinary offices and rescue centers. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the nationwide need for veterinary technicians will grow 20% between 2016 and 2026, and this new arrangement aims to address that demand.

Margaret Wheeler, Professor of Veterinary Technology at YCCC, said, “This agreement represents an opportunity for our students that is a real milestone for our program. For our students to be able to complete their Associate’s degree, succeed on the National Veterinary Technician Exam and then have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s degree while remaining in the practice that likely helped facilitate their success at YCCC, is an incredible value.”

The Council congratulates YCCC on these new partnerships, and for working to address the growing demand for veterinary technicians in Maine.

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