Ridgewater’s Veterinary Technology program receives extended full reaccreditation
December 23, 2020
WILLMAR, MN – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has once again shared its confidence in Ridgewater College’s Veterinary Technology program by recently granting continued full accreditation, an honor the program has enjoyed since 1993.
“Accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association is required by all college programs that teach veterinary technicians,” explained Ridgewater’s Jeff Miller, dean of instruction.
Dr. Allen Balay, the director for the Veterinary Technology program, has been with the program for 25 years and described the process as lengthy and rigorous. “The FULL accreditation is the highest stamp of approval a college program receives from the American Veterinary Medical Association. We are proud of the program’s high standards and for the success of our graduates who go on to do great things!”
Miller added, “The Ridgewater program has an excellent reputation within the region and beyond, with many students coming from other states to enroll. Kudos to our Vet Tech faculty and staff for meeting and exceeding the bar for continued accreditation.”
Ridgewater’s Veterinary Technology program includes nine faculty and staff who have in the past few years earned national recognition. The program was ranked No. 22 in the top 50 such programs in the country in 2017 and Balay was recognized as one of the top 40 instructors in the U.S. in 2016.
To learn more about the program, go to www.ridgewater.edu/vettech.