Archive for the ‘Veterinary Technology’ Category

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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