BRAYN - The Blinn College Veterinary Technology Program invites anyone interested in pursuing a career in veterinary care to attend its upcoming information session Tuesday, May 20, on the College’s Bryan campus.
Attendees will learn about the program and requirements for admission from Program Director David Sessum beginning at 6 p.m. in Room 149 of the Health Building.
The deadline to apply for Fall admission into the Vet Tech program is May 31.
Veterinary technology is one of the fastest-growing professions in the nation according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Veterinary technicians assist in diagnosis and surgery, sample collection, sample submission, client communication and research. They provide support to veterinarians in much the same way nurses assist doctors.
Blinn’s is one of just seven accredited programs in the state that offers vet technician training. The College’s partnership with Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences allows Blinn students to get hands-on training in every aspect of the wide-ranging field.
“The level of education Blinn’s vet tech students receive is unparalleled,” Sessum said. “Our students participate right alongside veterinary medicine students at Texas A&M University and use state-of-the-art equipment you can’t find at other facilities.”
Up to 20 students are admitted each Fall semester. A strong science and math background is needed to complete the academically rigorous two-year commitment, and students are required to have demonstrated an interest in the profession with 40 hours of supervised veterinary experience prior to submitting an application for admission.
Once enrolled, each student participates in clinical rotations at five different veterinary clinics for one-week stints. At the clinics, students perform the same tasks as a fully-credentialed veterinary technician, providing valuable real-world experience.
After earning their Associate of Applied Science, students are eligible to take their state and national exams to become fully-credentialed registered veterinary technicians (RVTs), with an average starting salary of $31,000. While most RVTs work in private practices, graduates also find employment with animal shelters, stables, reproductive facilities, zoos, wildlife facilities, pharmaceutical sales, the military and homeland security.
“The demand is there for veterinary technicians,” Sessum said. “We want Blinn College to be a resource for all vets in the state of Texas and beyond by providing an educated workforce. As we continue to grow and develop, we are working to strengthen ties in the community to assure that the program continues to be successful.”
Earlier this month, Sessum was named program director after helping found the program more than three years ago and serving as clinical coordinator for two years. Sessum earned his associate’s degree in 2000 from Tomball College, where he served as president of the Veterinary Technician Student Organization. He has an extensive history as a registered veterinary technician, holding several positions in surgery, anesthesia and rehabilitation at hospitals in Kingwood, Houston and at Texas A&M.
Sessum played a key role in drafting Texas Senate Bill 1312 to change registered veterinary technician (RVT) to licensed veterinary technician (LVT), so that vet techs may be licensed by the state rather than registered through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA).
Sessum is also the first vet tech from Texas to be elected to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee for Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, which oversees the accreditation process for vet tech programs.