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Texas A&M-Kingsville Vet Tech Club wins national Chapter of the Year award

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            KINGSVILLE (January 15, 2019) — The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) gives a Student Chapter of the Year award to one deserving group. This year, that student chapter is from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


            Known officially on campus as the Vet Tech Club, the organization is still in its infancy, formed just three years ago. The group is made up, not only of vet tech students, but also others in the pre-vet program or those just interested in animals.


            The Student Chapter of the Year award is given to a NAVTA student chapter that works to promote the field of veterinary technology/nursing and demonstrates involvement in community service.


            Under the direction of advisors Tiffany Pope, BS, LVT and Dr. Clayton Hilton, the students in the chapter work hard to uphold the ideals set forth for NAVTA student chapters. Each year, they host high school students for an FFA veterinary science invitational, so they can practice their skills prior to the area competition.


            The group also holds fundraisers that benefit organizations like Heifer International. They donate their time to local animal shelters and hold car washes, work to clean up the parks and have clothing drives.


            With job growth estimated at 52 percent through 2020, the veterinary technician program at Texas A&M-Kingsville is due to graduate its fourth class at commencement in May. In 2011, the average salary for a veterinary technician was $31,570 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics with an hourly wage of $15.18. The highest salaries were with the federal government, where veterinary technicians earned an average of $48,020 per year.



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