Sunray Collegiate ISD Students Develop Veterinary Skills Through District Veterinary Hospital Program

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Students help animals get vaccinated at Sunray Animal Hospital.

The hospital program was recently launched in February where students complete 500 combined academic and clinical hours to become certified veterinary assistants.

Having learned from Sunray’s only veterinarian, Dr. Patrick Snyder, he says the program is needed due to a lack of workers.

“There’s a shortage of vet techs, assistants, and doctors in this field,” Snyder said. “It’s a way of helping the community by providing a service, and at the same time helping the students by giving them the opportunity to find out if it’s something they’re interested in.

Students learn basic veterinary procedures, including vaccinations, by working with dogs and cats.

They also carry out mobile checks on cattle and horses.

Sophomore Liberty Heinrich is ready to serve in the program, as those at Sunray had to travel elsewhere for the welfare of their animal.

“It always gives me the opportunity to learn a lot and to be able to develop those skills throughout life in different ways,” Heinrich said.

In addition to the veterinary hospital, the district is building an embryology laboratory to aid in scientific research.

The lab will be built by the fall.

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Benjamin M. Yerger