Western Colorado Community College Veterinary Technology Program Receives Accreditation

The Veterinary Technician Program at Western Colorado Community College celebrates its accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). After more than a year of credentialing process, students will now be qualified to take their National Veterinary Technology Examination to be certified upon graduation.

The new program director, Anneke Moresco, DVM, thanks her predecessor Anita Dennison, DVM, for her efforts in the accreditation process. The lab was remodeled, the program had to be approved, and other stipulations had to be followed. All the effort was worth it for the new opportunities this accreditation will provide for students.

Along with accreditation, students will continue to benefit from hands-on learning opportunities and be taught by faculty with extensive hands-on experience. Moresco brings with her many years of field experience to share with her students. She has traveled to many countries to share her knowledge of wildlife reproduction. Her most recent trip was to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, where she participated in the chimpanzee reproduction examination at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.

“Besides the veterinary technology program and ensuring that students’ needs are met, we are always looking for educational opportunities for them,” she said. “I also received a scholarship to travel to Brazil to explore the establishment of the Veterinary Technology Field Course for WCCC students.”

Faculty in the Veterinary Technology program all work in the field of veterinary medicine. Lori Burns, Certified Veterinary Technician and WCCC Instructor, wants to clear up the misconception that vet techs just play with kittens and puppies all day – it’s important work that can be physically and emotionally challenging, as much as it is rewarding. Burns still works part-time in a clinical setting so as not to lose the skills she has acquired over the years.

As for the students, she couldn’t be prouder of all the changes they’ve embraced over the past year.

“They have great ideas about what the program can do for the community and ways to give back,” Burns said.

There are talks of starting a microchip clinic and the students recently partnered with the Street Dog Coalition to help with vaccines and preventative care for pets from homeless and low-income families.

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Written by Heather Portenier