The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.
Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture, with two EEQ Certified programs, takes Employability seriously. Applied learning and industry/work experiences help students develop an awareness of the skills needed in the world of work. They provide a sense of relevance that can serve as a motivating factor that aids completion rates. The Hutson School of Agriculture boasts 22 unique clubs and organizations that promote education in the field of agriculture through extracurricular activities. There is a club that will interest almost any student involved in any aspect of agriculture.
The Animal Health Technology/Pre-Vet Club, associated with the EEQ Certified Veterinary Technology & Pre-Veterinary Medicine program, provides students with an opportunity to experience real-world events in animal health and get an insider view of veterinary medicine. The club is extremely active at the school, university, and community levels.
Students participate in campus activities such as veterinary school guest speaker events, animal chiropractic schools, veterinary practices, and veterinary pharmaceutical companies throughout the year. Each fall, club members attend the Mid-America Veterinary Conference in Kentucky. Students hear speakers from across the country discussing issues in large animals, exotics, and small animal care programs. Another annual event is the community-wide Animal Health Technology Day, to which the community is invited to bring their animals for discounted services.
These opportunities open doors for students to gain internships within the industry. According to senior pre-vet student Caileigh Linton, “The opportunities provided by the club and Hutson School of Agriculture open pathways for students and veterinary professionals to foster relationships, to create connections. Thanks to the club, I found a clinic whose values aligned with my own. I am now completing my one-year internship with wonderful mentorship by the doctors and staff. Most importantly, I plan on being a part of their community for many years to come.”
Accredited in 1986 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Murray State’s four-year Veterinary Technology program is one of 27 in the United States. The Carman Animal Health Technology Center provides opportunities for students looking to become veterinary technologists and future veterinarians, with many career paths within each field.
Murray State University offers campus visits and departmental visits. If you are interested in learning more about the Animal Health Technology program, please go to https://www.murraystate.edu/campus/visit/index.aspx to schedule a visit.
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