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KSU Trumbull Invests $250K in Veterinary Surgical Suite

WARREN, Ohio – An investment of $250,000 from Kent State University at Trumbull will help give its veterinary technology students a new, state-of-the-art medical and surgical suite at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.

The monies are helping to renovate a wing of the shelter’s 46,000-square-foot building at 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road SE in Vienna. Funds are limited to the purchase of equipment and supplies.

When completed in time for fall semester, the space will include an up-to-date laboratory, surgical suite, recovery and treatment area, radiology room and pharmacy. In addition, it gives the Animal Welfare League more isolation space for its quarantine and processing work.

“The partnership we have with the AWL [Animal Welfare League] really sets our program apart,” said the program’s coordinator, Melissa Best. “Our students will be working in a state-of-the-art facility and the AWL will be able to enhance its ability to care for our animals.”


The new medical and surgical area should be complete by fall semester.

Nearly 40 students are enrolled in the university’s associate’s degree in applied science in veterinary technology. They had been using a temporary space at the shelter and the new suite will allow them to complete their clinical requirements there.

Program graduates can serve as technicians performing support functions in area veterinary clinics, and coursework can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in technical and applied studies for students pursuing a career in veterinary management. Coursework is completed at Kent State Trumbull, while Kent State University at Tuscarawas administers the program.

This is one of the first steps in Kent State Trumbull’s ProsperTC – a strategic vision that Dr. Lance Grahn, dean and chief administrative officer for the campus, said will help create a safe and secure community that is healthier educationally, economically, culturally, mentally and physically.

“We are constantly looking for ways to add meaningful learning experiences to our degree programs,” Grahn said. “And with those experiences we are able to leverage our assets as one of the largest university systems in the nation to meet community needs and add to the quality of human and, in this case, animal life in the Valley.”

Pictured above: Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County at 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road SE in Vienna.

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