Genesee Community College Board Ok's New Veterinary Technology Program

After almost two years of planning, Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees this evening approved a new Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Veterinary Technology. The new program will now be submitted for final approval by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.

The program will prepare students to work in partnerships with veterinarians as licensed veterinary technicians. Most veterinary technicians work in animal hospitals and clinics, shelters, research labs, and zoos.

In recent years, many prospective Genesee students have asked about veterinary technology programs, said Dr. Eunice Bellinger, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The demand for veterinary technologists is expected to grow by 20% in New York State over the next six years, and 41% nationwide, Dr. Bellinger said. “This is a very high-demand profession,” she told trustees. “The high concentration of farms in our region is one factor in local demand for the veterinary technology profession, and the overall popularity of pets is another.”

The College anticipates beginning the program during the Fall 2010 semester, and at least 15 students will be admitted to the first class. That number will more than double during the second year, Dr. Bellinger said. Genesee will probably receive many more applications for the program than it can accept, she said. “We anticipate that this will be a highly competitive program, much like other health care programs at Genesee,” she said.

Genesee Community College Veterinary Technology students will complete courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Veterinary Nutrition, Techniques in Laboratory Animals and Exotics, Small Animal Pathology and Nursing, Large Animal Pathology and Nursing, Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology, Veterinary Radiology and Dentistry, Parasitology, as well as general education courses that include communications and mathematics. Students also complete three “externships” – supervised experience working with animals in a clinical setting.

The entire program consists of 72 credit hours, and can be completed by students pursuing full-time study in two years. Nine of the program’s courses include extensive lab work, and the College will develop a veterinary lab at the Batavia Campus, Dr. Bellinger said.

The program will prepare students to complete the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), which is required for veterinary technician licensure in New York State. Genesee will apply to have the program accredited by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

Genesee graduates with an A.A.S. degree in veterinary technology will also have the opportunity to deepen their education in the veterinary management field or even become veterinarians, Dr. Bellinger told trustees. The College plans to develop transfer agreements with colleges and universities offering baccalaureate and other advanced veterinary programs. SUNY Canton which offers a degree in Veterinary Management Services and SUNY Delhi which offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Veterinary Technology have both expressed interest in developing a transfer program for Genesee graduates. Cornell University and Ross University School of Veterinary Science have both expressed interest in developing transfer programs for students who wish to become veterinarians.

The new Veterinary Technology Program will be a deep source of pride to Genesee, Dr. Bellinger said. “Our health care programs have long been regarded as among the very best in the northeastern United States,” she said. “In our heavily agricultural region, an academic program focusing on animal health is a natural outgrowth of our mission and expertise. We look forward to developing a veterinary technology program that will be held in high esteem by students, the entire veterinary profession, and the community.”

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

  •  Approved continuing appointments to thirty members of the College’s faculty and staff: Christine Belongia, Associate Professor, Teacher Education; Barry C. Chow, Director, Learning Technology Services; Gregory L. Dalton, Director/Associate Professor, Paralegal Program; Anne M. Feary, Technical Assistant, College Services; Wayne R. Gruendike, Technical Specialist, Buildings and Grounds; Marie Iglesias-Cardinale, Professor, English; Ronald M. Jacobs, Director/Associate Professor, Respiratory Care; Peggy C. Kerr, Director/Professor, Physical Therapist Assistant Program; Hal S. Legg, Technical Specialist, Recruitment Communications; Mary R. Macdonald, Associate Professor, Nursing; Phillip T. Pickering, Associate Professor, Mathematics; Ann Reid, Associate Professor, Music; Clifford M. Scutella, Director, Student Activities; Roberta L. Taggart, Assistant Professor, Human Services; Rebecca V. Tallo, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Information Systems; Alan J. Wright, Technical Specialist, Business Office; Julie M. Bartz, Technical Assistant/Testing Center Coordinator; Connie J. Boyd, Director, Human Services Programs; Cherie L. Chatt, Technical Assistant, Admissions; Tong Cheng, Instructor of Biology; Kara A. Cutler, Technical Assistant/Academic Advisor; Tara M. Donohue, Technical Specialist/Language Lab; Susan E. Drexel, Instructor, Sociology; Maureen E. Dugan, Instructor, Ceramics; Ruth A. Gliss, Instructor, Nursing; Rebecca L. Green, Technical Specialist, Marketing Communications; John M. McGowan, Technical Specialist, Career Services; Lauren K. Paisley, Instructor, Business; Stephanie H. Richardson, Instructor, English; Annette Zuber, Technical Specialist, Institutional Research and Assessment.


  • Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia Taylor report that as of January 5, 636 prospective students have applied for admission on a full-time basis for the Spring 2010 semester, up 11.8% from the 569 prospective students who had applied a year ago. President Stuart Steiner said that as of this morning, 3,868 students had registered for classes, up 7% from the 3,615 students who had registered a year ago. Two thousand eight hundred thirteen students had registered for courses on a full-time basis, up 9.3% from the 2,573 students who had registered a year ago.
  • Heard Kevin Hamilton, Vice President for Finance and Operations, report that work on the Genesee County Economic Development Center’s Bruce Holm Med Tech Park is proceeding on schedule. Mr. Hamilton said he has been informed that, if work continues on schedule, the GCEDC should receive a certificate of occupancy about June 15 and that the College’s Nursing Program can move into the facility July 1.