Community college to help boost ag studies
WYTHEVILLE, Va. — Wytheville Community College here in Southwest Virginia will be offering its students the choice of two new academic degree programs aimed at farm youth.
Both can open doors in Blacksburg to Virginia Tech or the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
Beginning in Fall 2019, students will have the options to receive a specialization in Food Animal Production and a specialization in Veterinary Preparation.
Students interested in agriculture-related programs can enroll in the food animal production program working toward to an Art and Science Degree in Science, Dr. Cindy Kincer reported.
She said the Associate of Art and Science in Science Degree with specialization in Veterinary Preparation Program gives students the opportunity to complete required courses and electives before applying VMCVM.
She stressed it does not guarantee that students will be admitted to the school but will make it possible for them to get their foot in the door and to participate in the very stringent interview given each applicant to the vet school.
Kincer, assistant professor of biology and program head for science degree and specialization, is excited about the new degree programs which streamline paths to Virginia Tech and cut costs.
The college reports that the specialization in Veterinary Preparation Program offers an opportunity for students to complete required courses and electives before applying for admission to the vet school.
Students will be able to apply to VMCVM during their second year of classes at the community college and proceed through the vet school application.
“The College of Veterinary Medicine will determine which students re selected for admission,” a press release from WCC emphasized. “The program is intended to provide opportunities for students in the WCC service region to acquire the experience and knowledge necessary to be competitive in the vet school selection process.”
Kincer noted that bypassing a bachelor’s degree and having the opportunity to enter the vet school can also bring a big economic saving to those accepted.
The Food Animal Production Program can lead students interested in agriculture-related programs to Virginia Tech and its Agriculture Sciences program, Agribusiness, Animal and Poultry Science and Dairy Science.
Kincer noted that many of Wytheville’s students already go to Virginia Tech.
WCC sees these new degrees as part of its ongoing efforts to meet the occupational and academic needs and interests of the region it serves.
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