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PCC Dual Enrollment Veterinary Students Receive Certificates Friday at East Campus

December 12, 2013

 Pinal County high school students tour campus, get graduation application help

Tucson, AZ – A total of 37 high school students in Pima Community College’s dual enrollment veterinary practice assistant program will visit PCC’s East Campus on Friday, Dec. 13, to tour the campus and get assistance in applying for PCC graduation.

The Pinal County high school students have completed their PCC dual enrollment classes through Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT). Students in the second-year veterinary assistant training with CAVIT, a public school district contracted with eight Pinal County high schools to provide career technology education to 11th and 12th grade students, are earning the PCC credits at no charge.

The CAVIT VPA certificate recipients may apply to PCC’s Veterinary Technician Program, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. PCC’s two-year program awards an Associate of Applied Science degree upon completion. A total of 64 students now are enrolled. Students learn veterinary care, including nutrition, nursing, anesthesiology and radiography, as well as clinical laboratory procedures. Students also do required clinical work at local veterinary practices.

CAVIT’s veterinary assistant program is the only CAVIT dual enrollment training offered by PCC. The rest are offered through Central Arizona College in Coolidge.

On Friday, the CAVIT students will visit East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road, where PCC student development staff will help them complete their graduation applications to receive their Veterinary Practice Assistant Certificates through PCC. Students then will tour the campus, including the Veterinary Sciences classrooms and lab, where they will meet instructors. Following a lunch in the Community Room, students will be presented with recognition certificates for completing the class work. That ceremony will be from approximately 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

“We welcome this agreement with CAVIT as it helps us fill demands for employment in veterinary offices and other animal care facilities,” said East Campus Academic Dean Nina Corson.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook says that growing demand for specialized veterinary care will push job growth for veterinary technologists and veterinary technicians up 52 percent from 2010 to 2020.

For potential media coverage, the Friday schedule follows:

  • 9-9:45 a.m. CAVIT students tour PCC East Campus tour, excluding the Veterinary Sciences area, receive basic information on applying to PCC’s Veterinary Technology Program, and get assistance completing graduation applications to receive their Veterinary Practice Assistant Certificates
  • 9:45-11 a.m. CAVIT students tour the Veterinary Sciences classrooms and labs and meet instructors
  • 11-11:45 a.m. CAVIT students lunch in the Community Room
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. CAVIT students receive certificates in the Community Room
  • 12:15 p.m. CAVIT students depart

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations