This year, Central Coast College and the SPCA for Monterey County celebrate a relationship that is going on its fourth year and has resulted in training of Veterinary Assistants and helping rescued shelter pets.
According to Robert Schaefer, President of Central Coast College, in April 2017 the college received notification of Initial Accreditation status from the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association, completing a 5-year effort.
CCC, through its partnership with the SPCA, was able to complete the development of a two-year Veterinary Technology Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree program and receive CVTEA accreditation which enables students to become licensed as Registered Veterinary Technicians in California after passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and the California Registered Veterinary Technician Examination (CA Registered Technician Examination).
“We are pleased that our partnership with the SPCA has allowed us to have a CVTEA accredited Veterinary Technician program for students wishing to pursue this career,” said Schaefer. “It fulfills our goal of bringing Registered Veterinary Technician training back to Monterey County after it was discontinued by Hartnell College in 2010.”
“Through this innovative partnership, CCC students help us care for homeless shelter pets and, in return, gain skills needed for future careers,” said Scott Delucchi, SPCA Executive Director.
The relationship between CCC and SPCA began in April 2014 when the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the partnership for training Veterinary Assistants.
The first Veterinary Assistant students began classes at SPCA in August 2014, and the first group of Veterinary Technology students began classes in July 2016. In November 2016, a CVTEA team conducted a three-day site visit to review the program and lay the groundwork for accreditation.
When Central Coast College (CCC) started in 1983, it offered a single program, had only two full-time and two part-time staff. It has now grown to more than 25 full and part-time staff, has trained nearly 6,000 students, and has gross revenues of approximately $2.5 million. In 1989, CCC obtained accreditation and now enrolls students at large from throughout the tri-county area in 8 different programs, most of them in health-care careers.
In addition to the SPCA, Central Coast College maintains close relationships with local employers, private, non-profit, and public, and many of the college’s newer training programs respond to needs identified by employers for specific types of training.
At Central Coast College students can receive training in:
Business Career Programs
·Computer Office Administration
·Computer Specialist Accounting
Healthcare Career Programs
·Home Health Aide
For more information: Central Coast College
About the SPCA for Monterey County
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency, is not funded by tax dollars, and does not have a parent organization.
The SPCA’s doors are open to all animals in need from dogs and cats to horses, wildlife, exotics, and more. They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, aid domestic animals in distress, and so much more. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.