Northeast Holds Ceremony for Vet Tech Students

by jamesc  1/29/2014 8:14:03 AM --  NORFOLK – A special ceremony was held recently in Norfolk for the students enrolled in the Northeast Community College veterinary technology program. Members of the Class of 2014 received the veterinary technician’s pin. Members of the Class of 2015 were awarded a monogrammed white coat to mark their formal acceptance.


Dr. Mike Cooper, DVM and program director, opened the ceremony followed by comments from
Corinne Morris, dean of agriculture, math and science at Northeast. Veterinary Technician Instructor Josh Schlote, LVT, administered the Vet Tech’s oath to the Classes of 2014 and 2015. Dr. Amanda Hafer, veterinary technician instructor, spoke on how to keep a good sense of humor during her talk, “Laughter is the BEST Medicine.”

Cooper said the importance of veterinary technicians became quite obvious at the recent winter meeting of the Nebraska Veterinary Association in Lincoln. “This past year, the Nebraska Veterinary Association opened its membership for the first time to licensed veterinary technicians. The technicians will have a representative on the board and plans are in place to expand technician education at the winter and summer meetings. It just shows how important (veterinary) technicians have become.” 

Those who received their white coats at the ceremony included:

Amelia Allington, Ashland; Tara Beranek, Cedar Bluffs; Prudence Biermann, Wisner; Nicole Cargill, Scotia; Candice Hansen, Waterbury; Katelyn Hart, Hershey; Tina Lange, Crofton, Amanda Linstrom, Columbus; Alison Luhr, Wakefield; Andrea McMurray, Barneston; Jodi Prothman, West Point; Nathan Reisinger, Grand Island; and Tara Svenson, Norfolk.

Out-of-state students who received their coats included: Rebekah Frederick, Yankton, SD; Marriah Hood, Huron, SD; Sarah Reynolds, Mission, KS; Jessica Simons, Springfield, SD; Sierra Svatos: Lake Andes, SD; and Ashley Vogt, Tabor, SD.          

These sophomore students were pinned during the ceremony:  Aubrey Birkel, LaVista; Nicole Bowers, Randolph; Ashley Gibbons, Sutherland; Jenna Guenther, Crofton; Erika Harms, Fremont; Bethany Kethcart, Stanton; Keshia Lackas, Randolph; Sydney Lowe, Blair; Holli Nelson, Plainview; Loren Peterson, West Point; Alexandria Pottorff, Grand Island; Mollie Schieffer, Fordyce; Kristy Topil, Rising City; and Brooke Wemhoff, Norfolk.

One out-of-state student also received a pin: Jessa Moser, Baltic, SD.

For more information on the Northeast Community College vet tech program, contact Dr. Cooper at (402) 844-7190.


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Nicole Cargill, Scotia (left), and Rebekah Fredrick, Yankton, share a laugh during Northeast Community College’s Veterinary Technology White Coat and Pin ceremony. They were among 19 members of the Class of 2015 to receive white coats during the recent ceremony signifying their acceptance into the program. 15 sophomores in the Class of 2014 received veterinary technician pins.

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