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Students complete veterinary assistant training through HCC

January 10, 2007

Nine students completed the 2006 Veterinary Assistant Training through the Hagerstown Community College Center for Continuing Education on Dec. 11.

The students completed three courses and more than 132 hours of training. The three courses completed included "Introduction to Veterinary Terminology," "Veterinary Assistant Training Principles" and "Veterinary Assistant Practices."

Students completed 50 hours of practical hands-on training as part of the practices course, which included work at the Humane Society of Washington County and several local veterinary clinics.

The students who completed the program included Jacqueline Barnes of Falling Waters, W.Va.; Gary Brock of Great Cacapon, W.Va.; Wendy Chapin of Hagerstown; Torri Hancock of Hagerstown; Sarah Hughes of Boonsboro; Karen Huntzberry of Hagerstown; Diane Mann of Hagerstown; Gena Norwood of Sharpsburg; and Jaime Wright of Cascade.

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Brock received the award for "Outstanding Student."

Kelly Tracey Martin of Clear Spring is the lead instructor and clinical coordinator for the students.

The program is a non-college credit program that trains individuals to assist licensed veterinary technicians in veterinary clinics. The program includes training in veterinary office procedures, animal handling, clinic preparation, terminology and assistant procedures.

The Veterinary Assistant Program is offered once a year at HCC starting in March and ending in December. For more information, contact Cynthia Hull at 301-790-2800, ext 520.

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