Eastern Gateway Vet Tech Program Earns Accreditation

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The veterinary technician program at Eastern Gateway Community College has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

The accreditation will allow Eastern Gateway to continue to provide aspiring vet techs with the opportunity to earn their degree while benefiting from partnerships with organizations like Angels for Animals, where they can have hands-on experience in the field.

Additionally, the veterinary technician program also has its own Vet Tech Club, which is actively engaged with its students and the community. The student-run organization has participated in many events such as pet photos with Santa, Angels for Animals’ Annual Garage Sale, the Canfield Fair, the YSU Pre-Vet Society necropsy day, the Buster’s Brigade annual vaccination clinic and touring the Cleveland Zoo’s veterinary hospital. 

“Accreditation is a significant achievement that speaks to the high standards we uphold in delivering quality education and training of veterinary technicians,” John Crooks, Eastern Gateway interim president, said in a news release. “It validates our curriculum, faculty expertise and the resources we provide to our students. We want to extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to this accomplishment – faculty, staff, students and the local animal-loving community that have a paw print within the program. Their support and dedication to excellence has made this accreditation possible.”

Diane Less, founder of Angels for Animals, said the organization looks forward to a continued partnership with the Eastern Gateway vet tech program.

“At Angels for Animals, we are committed to building a future where skilled and compassionate techs have the training and experience they need to provide care and support for the animals in our community,” she said. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Eastern Gateway, and providing the educational experiences their students need to become great vet techs.” 

The program currently has three cohorts, and its first graduating class will be next month. 

Eastern Gateway has created partnerships with local organizations such as Angels for Animals, NEOMED, Kibler Dairy Farm, Birds in Flight Sanctuary, The Camelot Center, Cleveland Equine Hospital, Parrot Hope Rescue, Rebel Rescue Ranch and Pure Passions Farm.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.