The Community College of Baltimore County celebrated its newly renovated Veterinary Technology Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 7, 2018 at CCBC Essex.
Construction for this project was aggressive with the design phase of the Center beginning in 2017, interior demolition immediately following and project completion in the fall 2018 semester. The renovated space comprises 4,100 square feet and includes a combined student lab and classroom, a surgical and recovery area, a microscope lab, an in-house lab, radiography room, a wellness clinic with two exam rooms, office space, flexible learning space, kennel rooms and more. Additionally, new and upgraded equipment can be seen throughout. The final cost of construction was approximately $1.2 million.
“Quality patient care and quality education are the tenets of the program,” said Carol Schwartz, CCBC’s Veterinary Technology Program Director. “The goal is to provide students with top-level educational and internship experiences, providing a foundation upon which experience is gained. We have an obligation to our students to be current with knowledge and practice standards. We must also present a pragmatic and compassionate approach to patient care in a positive and encouraging learning environment.”
CCBC’s Veterinary Technology program was established in 1976 and accredited in 1978. Students learn to perform a variety of duties associated with the animal health care field, such as obtaining blood samples, preparing and administering medications, monitoring anesthesia and much more. Graduates find employment in a variety of health care settings such as veterinary clinics and hospitals, emergency and referral hospitals, zoological parks, aquariums, laboratories, etc.
The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. It is also a Maryland Higher Education Commission statewide designated program meaning any Maryland resident can enroll in the Veterinary Technology program at CCBC’s in-county rate.
“We pride ourselves in providing our students with a learning experience that matches what they will find in the workplace,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “The original space was constructed in 1975 and was definitely in need of a facelift. This renovation gives the students a dynamic environment in which to learn and study and elevates the facility to be on par with the quality instruction that the students already receive.”
About the Community College of Baltimore County
Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, more than 63,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. CCBC is nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, among the nation’s top associate degree producers, and designated as a Military Times Best College 2018.
CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Source: Community College of Baltimore County