Nov. 23, 2020 (Middletown, Conn.) — Middlesex Community College (MxCC) announces the full accreditation of the veterinary technology program by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and its Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
“Middlesex Community College is one of three accredited veterinary technology programs in Connecticut. Over the past five years, the program has grown and made great strides in meeting and often exceeding the 11 standards of accreditation,” said Christopher Gargamelli, DVM, the veterinary technology program coordinator at Middlesex.
The accreditor noted the dedicated and innovative leadership of the program director, experienced and collaborative faculty and strong support from off-campus clinical partners among the program’s many strengths.
Another highlight is the program’s clinical partnership with Pieper Veterinary, also based in Middletown. Their family of hospitals includes primary, specialty and 24-hour emergency care. Through the college’s public-private partnership, Pieper Veterinary provides the MxCC program with classroom space, a dedicated clinical wet lab (surgical suite, treatment area and exam room), access to all areas of the hospital, and access to the expertise of their veterinarians, technicians and staff.
The veterinary technology program’s partnership with Yale University allows Middlesex students to work in a large research facility with instruction from skilled laboratory animal staff. Through relationships with eight area farms, students also gain hands-on experiences with a variety of species including horses, bovines, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and pigs.
Students also benefit from nearly 50 approved externships sites, allowing them to explore a practice that both fits their needs and the needs of area employers.
The MxCC veterinary technology program accepted its first class in the fall of 2013, and the program was granted initial accreditation by the AVMA-CVTEA.
Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers more than 70 degree or certificate programs at the main 35-acre campus in Middletown, MxCC@Platt in Meriden and online.