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Higher oneSt. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology student Tracye Sackett has been announced as the winner of the Higher One’s Tuition Freedom Sweepstakes. The prize, which covers up to $120,000 of college tuition costs, allows Sackett to complete her education and graduate free of student loan debt.

“Winning this sweepstakes is a huge deal to me,” Sackett told Higher One. “This scholarship means that I can continue with my studies and be able to afford to finish the program that I am in.”

It was her love for animals that led her to pursue the degree in veterinary technology at SPC. With 10 years of veterinary field experience under her belt, Sackett decided to expand her knowledge and abilities through education.

“[Pursuing a degree] has been a bit of an uphill climb, but it has given me a sense of accomplishment and something to be proud of—in the end, it will have all been worth it.”

As the issue of rising college costs and growing tuition debt continue to be part of national discussion, Higher One officials view this sweepstakes as an opportunity to make a difference, providing peace of mind to one student to graduate without the burden of tuition debt.

“We congratulate Tracye and wish her much success in completing her studies at St. Petersburg College,” said Miles Lasater, president and chairman of Higher One. “At Higher One, we are committed to working every day to help our university clients more effectively change the lives of millions of students.”

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The Veterinary Technology program at St. Petersburg College will host a presentation about commercial breeding facilities titled Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public at the Veterinary Technology building, 12376 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

The presentation will be facilitated by Mary LaHay, president and founder of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals, a nonprofit dedicated to research and education on the issue of puppy mills.

According to the group, Florida is the second largest market for puppies produced in commercial breeding facilities in Iowa, with hundreds of puppies shipped to Florida annually.

LaHay also will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the SPCA of Tampa Bay, 9099 180th Ave N, Largo.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

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It’s the end of the old Veterinary Technology building at SPC’s Health Education Center.

Buzzy Misiura with Facilities Services submitted these photos of the building’s demolition. Work at the site started last month, Misiura said.

The building was outdated to serve the needs of the Veterinary Technology program, and renovation costs were prohibitive.

Additional parking at the site will be created to accommodate the growth of HEC’s programs, said Jim Waechter, Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning & Institutional Services. The current timetable for the new lot to open is by the start of the fall semester.

See more photos on the college’s Facebook page.

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The work of Christine Jarrett, a St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology graduate, is in the news in Central Illinois.

Jarrett conducted a survey for her senior “capstone” project gauging community awareness and support for an off-leash dog park in Meadow Valley Park in the state’s Washington Park District, Courier Newspapers reported. Her research revealed that the area was a “dog friendly” town but few people were aware of plans for the park.

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Richard Flora, dean of SPC’s School of Veterinary Technology, will speak about college’s veterinary technology distance program when he visits the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County on Friday, Feb. 22, tcpalm.com reported.

“Students can combine their distance education courses with internships to better accommodate work and family obligations,” according to the article.

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Photo from Pinellas County Animal Services

A duck, wounded by an arrow through its neck, is recovering thanks to help from Pinellas County’s Animal Services, Bradenton’s Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation and staff and a student at SPC’s Veterinary Technology Center, Bay News 9, TBO.com and TBNweekly.com reported. The college is in a collaborative partnership with Animal Services.

The duck, now known as Quackers, appeared to be doing well after surgery to remove the arrow and was transferred to a rehabilitation center. Officials did not know who shot the bird, according to news reports.

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More than 300 people attended Wednesday’s Open House at the School of Veterinary Technology. The event helped celebrate Veterinary Technician Week and the one-year anniversary of the new Vet Tech facility in Largo. There were even a few pet adoptions among the 40 dogs and cats that are available.

See our Facebook gallery.

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Kennel Supervisor Glenda Harn works with one of kennel’s residents who will be heading to a new home.

The St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology program will host an Open House from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Participants can tour the new facility, located at 12376 Ulmerton Road, Largo, and learn about more about the program through student-led learning experiences.

Representatives from the following organizations will be available:

  • Pinellas County Animal Services
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • DARTReserve_Your_Spot
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Busch Gardens
  • Florida Veterinary Technicians Association
  • University of Florida

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The event also will feature a showcase of the approximately 40 dogs and cats that are available for adoption.

The Largo Patch featured an online story about SPC’s Vet Tech program and its students on Sept. 26. This event is supported by the SPC Veterinary Technology Society.

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SPC’s School of Veterinary Technology was featured in a story from the Largo Patch. The school moved to its new, state-of-the-art facility on Ulmerton Road in Largo about a year ago and now serves 450 students with campus-based and online study options, according to the article. The school will be celebrating Veterinary Technician Week and the anniversary of its new facility on Oct. 17. Read more about the upcoming event in SPC’s news blog.

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Bonnie Loghry, during her most recent trip to Bangladesh in March.

Bonnie Loghry, during her most recent trip to Bangladesh in March.

Armed with desire for knowledge and helping others, Bonnie Loghry has followed her passion for public health education to four countries in the past four years. During that time, she also earned a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology from SPC.

Loghry, who works as a Veterinary Technologist and an Occupational Health and Safety Trainer at Yuba College in northern California, is a registered veterinary technician with more than 30 years of experience in developing vet tech course work. She is an OSHA-certified safety specialist who focuses on assessing and troubleshooting veterinary workplace safety.

As a working mom of two children, she had made a few attempts over the years to get a bachelor’s degree but had never found anything that piqued her interest until she discovered SPC’s Veterinary Technology program.

“I evaluated vet tech curriculum from other colleges and they just didn’t really light my fire,” Loghry said. “St. Petersburg College offered the best well-rounded, in-depth curriculum. That’s why I chose them.”

She enrolled online in the veterinary technology program in spring 2008 and graduated in May 2011. When she enrolled, her supervisor encouraged her to take an international trip to Haiti to instruct local veterinary agents in large animal medicine and surgery. Hesitant at first because she had never traveled outside the U.S., she eventually agreed to go on what would be a life-altering experience.

“When we were there, we would drive out to some really remote place and basically set up shop under a tree, and villagers from all around would start showing up with their animals,” she said. “Giving them some rudimentary skills that they could then use to help their neighbors with their animals was very rewarding, and I was absolutely hooked after that.”

Loghry went on several more overseas trips over the next few years, paying for some herself as well as with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer program.

Her trips have included:

In 2009, she travelled to Luxor, Egypt to work with Animal Care in Egypt and Egyptian veterinarians to teach treatment and care of small and large animals to the community.
In 2011, she travelled to Haiti with the Farmer-to-Farmer program, training Haitian veterinarians in sustainable veterinary practice, public health and occupational safety.
In March 2012, she travelled to Bangladesh for two weeks working with ultra-poor women, teaching animal husbandry and how best to care for their goats.

“In developing countries, their dependence on their animals is so different than what we have here. We don’t realize how dependent we are on animals because we can go to the local store and buy food and not think about it,” she said. “These folks, they need donkeys in order to get to the river to get water. I guess it just brought me back down to ground level of what veterinary medicine is all about.”

Two of her SPC instructors remember her fondly.

“Bonnie is wonderful and she represents St. Petersburg College well,” said Wendy Rib, Instructor of Veterinary Technology. “She’s made significant contributions both during her tenure here at the college and since she’s graduated. She’s already embarked upon some fantastic steps within her career.”

“Because we are an online program and we have a diverse pool of learners, I think it’s very beneficial as a student to expand yourself by being opened up to other points of view,” said Cindy Grey, Faculty in Veterinary Technology. “I think the program itself is set up for these students to engage each other and exchange ideas, and that it certainly was very helpful in her taking the next step in her education and career.”

“I can’t say enough about the whole baccalaureate degree program in veterinary technology, but those two ladies in particular are amazing educators and just lovely people,”Loghry said about Rib and Grey. “Every chance I get, whenever anybody calls and wants me to say something about St. Petersburg College, I just go on and on until people’s eyes start rolling into the back of their heads—mostly because of those two ladies.”

Loghry has been accepted into the Master of Public Health program at the University of California, Davis, where she will begin classes in August.

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