Final spotlight of year on Veterinary Science Technology (VST) program
The ongoing pandemic has impacted the way schools in the county proceed with their normal daily activities. This means that it is uncertain when schools will be able to welcome visitors back into their buildings. We have partnered with The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center to showcase the career and technical programs that they offer so that incoming juniors can make an informed decision since the school was unable to hold sophomore visits in the manner they normally do. Programs were spotlighted each month of the school year with this being the final spotlight. Students who are interested in enrolling in a program for the 2021-22 school year are invited to do so by visiting the CCCTC’s webpage (https://www.ccctc.k12.oh.us) and completing the enrollment application which is available now. Any questions about the programs or the requirements for enrollment should be directed to Sue Allison, guidance administrator, at (330) 424-9561 ext. 118 or email@example.com.
The final CCCTC program to be featured this year is our May spotlight of the Veterinary Science Technology (VST) program. This very popular program normally fills up and is a favorite of students throughout the county who love working with animals. The many benefits of the program to students as well as the credentials that can be earned and articulation agreements available are some of the reasons for its popularity. Also, students who work on farms, participate in 4-H, and compete in horse racing and rodeo tend to gravitate toward this program.
Benefits of Being a
Student in the Program
The Veterinary Science Technology program gives the students hands on experiences across multiple avenues in animal science and animal care. This program prepares students for entrance into any animal related career. It prepares students who choose to enter the workforce straight out of high school to be prepared and competitive in their chosen field from day one. For those who are not ready to start working and would like to further their education, being a student in the VST program prepares students to enter college or technical school ready to pursue any animal related degree. Beyond the basics that people would expect a veterinary science course to teach, the program also teaches students to explore the impact animals have on our society. It also allows students to see what all is available to them when it comes to careers because they study the different ways in which employees are needed across all the different disciplines within animal science.
for the Program
Students who put effort into learning will leave the CCCTC with the credentials they need for success. All students enrolled in the CCCTC’s Veterinary Science Technology program become certified in CPR/First Aid and OSHA. A new certification this year is the Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications and Fundamentals of Animal Science certification. Another benefit to students is that the VST program has an articulation agreement with Kent State University. Students who apply to KSU within 15 months of HS Graduation, complete the VST program, and have an official HS transcript showing a “B” (3.0) or higher in the VST program can be awarded 2 college credit hours for the Intro to Veterinary Technology VTEC 10001 course. This credit leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree. Finally, the program is always seeking to obtain new articulation agreements to help students. Currently, the school is working with Eastern Gateway Community College to develop an articulation agreement for their new vet tech program so it will be an easy transition for students to graduate from the CCCTC and go into the vet tech program at EGCC.
The exemplary student for the VST program is Madison Millhorn. Madison is a senior from Beaver Local High School. She currently serves as the Vice President of the CCCTC’s FFA chapter. Not only is she an officer, but she is very active in FFA events and contests. Madison placed 9th in the state for the Job Interview contest in 2019 and has attended numerous Livestock Judging Events. Recently, Madison was awarded her State FFA degree. She is also a member of 4-H, and she shows pigs and dairy beef feeders at the fair. Madison has an exceptional work ethic and is currently taking advantage of the CCCTC’s Work Based Learning program where she works at Sunny Ridge Vet Clinic in Rogers, Ohio. She earned her CPR/First Aid and OSHA Certifications and is working on earning her ELANCO certifications this year. Madison is a great leader and role model. She plans to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine when she graduates.
Instructor Jamie Stacy grew up on a large family farm in Leetonia where she was actively involved in 4-H and the beef industry. Upon graduation from high school, she attended The Ohio State University majoring in Animal Science but later transferred and graduated from YSU with a BS in Life Science and Education. After beginning her teaching career at the CCCTC in 2001, she received her Master of Science in Education from Walden University and later earned her Ag Career Tech License from Bowling Green. When Mrs. Stacy started her teaching career at the CCCTC she taught life science courses in the academic classroom. In 2018, she made the switch to the Veterinary Science Technology Program. Although she teaches full time, she and her husband still help maintain a family farm with their children. She is also still very active in the county FFA, 4-H, and rodeo community.
This program provides the basic employment skills needed to allow students to fill entry level positions in local Vet Clinics, Pet Stores, Farms, Feed Mills, and many other animal related careers. The instructor works with businesses on her advisory board which allows her to keep up to date on what they are expecting out of employees. This means that local businesses know that the students that they hire from this program are going to have the skills and knowledge needed for the jobs that they need to fill. Businesses in turn allow students to job shadow and participate in work-based learning opportunities to help them gain real work skills. While local businesses are helping students who are still in high school, in turn they will be gaining employees who are prepared to do the jobs that they need done. Another benefit to both the local businesses and the students in the program is that many of the VST students are active members of the FFA. They participate in many community service projects and activities across the county and state. The honors and degrees that they earn through FFA helps make the students more employable because they enter the workforce with advanced leadership skills and can continue to build on those skills in the workforce.
Any student who is interested in enrolling in the Veterinary Science Technology program should complete the online application now. As mentioned earlier, this program is popular and will fill up, so don’t delay on enrolling. Any questions about the programs can be directed to Sue Allison at extension 118 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michelle Fitzsimmons at extension 158 (email@example.com) at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center.