The University of Maine at Augusta and York County Community College announced an agreement that will allow YCCC students who receive a Veterinary Technology Associate’s Degree to transfer those credits toward a Veterinary Technology Baccalaureate Degree at UMA. An announcement event took place at Maine Veterinary Medical Center in Scarborough.
Representatives from UMA and YCCC spoke about the benefits the agreement provides to both educational institutions.
“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. And that value serves the student, the veterinary practice that has invested in the student’s growth and both YCCC and UMA. I am grateful to everyone who worked to make this happen for our students,” stated Margaret Wheeler, YCCC Veterinary Technology Professor.
“By partnering with both York County Community College and Maine Veterinary Medical Center, we are able to provide educational opportunities in Veterinary Technology to Maine people statewide,” said UMA Professor Jennifer Freese. “Students in southern Maine can complete the first two years of their education close to home and often complete their Bachelor’s Degree with UMA online.”
MVMC provides UMA students with internship opportunities, giving students a hands-on experience. The MVMC representatives acknowledge the workforce need for individuals with a Veterinary Technology education.
“Maine Veterinary Medical Center is always seeking qualified individuals to fill Veterinary Technology positions,” explained Lisa Quinones, MVMC Human Resources Manager. “The option for having students at YCCC obtain a Bachelor’s Degree at UMA will be beneficial in meeting this need.”
Some career opportunities available to licensed veterinary technicians include: small animal medicine, equine medicine, food animal medicine, zoo/wildlife medicine, emergency/referral/specialty medicine, lab animal medicine (research), regulatory medicine (protect well-being of animals), veterinary practice management, veterinary product marketing and sales, animal nutrition and humane work or shelter medicine.
Traditional small animal clinics are always seeking licensed and qualified individuals, as well as biotech companies such as Jackson Labs and IDEXX. Additionally, Veterinary Technology graduates often find employment opportunities in government agencies, zoos and in the education field. Veterinary technicians often will own/manage their own businesses in professional pet care instead of or in addition to working in the medical field.
York County Community College provides academic, career, and transfer programs while serving to advance cultural, economic, and workforce development in York County and the State of Maine. For more information, please visit https://www.yccc.edu/
UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs. For more information, please visit https://www.uma.edu/
Maine Veterinary Medical Center is a veterinary referral and emergency practice specializing in canine and feline internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, surgery, critical care, CT scanning and MRI imaging and emergency services. Our beautiful, state-of-the-art hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing emergency referral capabilities and emergency services for all pets. For more information, please visit http://mvmc.vet/