EWC Vet Tech Program Update

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 • 9:56 am

Eastern Wyoming College has received the final report of findings from the December 11, 2013 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection compliance visit. As reported earlier, the College received citations for findings discovered during the visit. The findings included items under various categories involving procedures, facilities, and protocols.

The college responded quickly and thoroughly in correcting the deficiencies. New processes have been put in place to help ensure full compliance with the USDA Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations. The College invested in extensive kennel improvements along with implementing stricter processes and enforcing protocols.

On July 30, 2014, the USDA issued their final ruling to the College which included an official warning for violations of federal regulations relating to only one of the violations section 2.33 (b) Attending Veterinarian and Adequate Vet Care. The College was not fined for this violation or any of the other violations.

In a letter dated, May 7, 2014, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has placed the EWC Veterinary Technology program on probationary status because the College did not have a current program director.

The College is pleased to announce the hire of two new co-directors, Ms. Cristi Semmler and Ms. Jamie Michael. Both professionals are certified veterinary technicians. Almost half of all AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology programs are directed by certified veterinary technicians. Semmler and Michael started work on August 4th and are working closely with administration and other faculty to get ready for the new academic year. In addition, EWC has hired Colleen Mitchell, DVM as a veterinary technology instructor.

“EWC will be fully staffed and looking forward to a good year,” shared EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.

Several subsequent reports are required to be submitted to the AVMA early this fall. It is unknown how long the program will remain on probationary status. The letter from the AVMA clearly states that “Graduates of a program with probationary accreditation are graduates of an accredited program.” The administration, faculty, and staff at EWC are committed to resolving any remaining issues and supporting the program.

The Veterinary Technology program continues to be one of the best enrolled programs at Eastern Wyoming College. About 30 new students have registered for the fall 2014 semester.
Dr. Armstrong indicated, “We are pleased with the thorough planning processes, improvements, and deliberation that have gone into correcting the deficiencies of the program. The Vet Tech program at Eastern Wyoming College is the only Vet Tech program in the state of Wyoming. Our enrollments have been strong and continue to be strong. We will work collaboratively with the USDA and the AVMA to ensure that the program continues to offer the quality experience that our students deserve.”

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