App State and Banfield Pet Hospital® Announce New Online Vet Technology Program to Address Vet Shortage

BOONE, North Carolina — Appalachian State University and Banfield Pet Hospital® – the leading provider of preventive veterinary care in the United States and part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices – announced a partnership to strengthen the pipeline of licensed veterinary technicians and create a more sustainable future for the veterinary profession. This is in direct response to a recent study by Banfield, which found that approximately 75 million pets in the United States may not have access to the veterinary care they need by 2030, a significant factor being a critical shortage of veterinary professionals.

“This partnership with the pioneer in preventive animal health care is synergistic and forward-thinking. With graduation and licensing rates that far exceed national averages, our university is uniquely positioned to develop and deliver a signature program that will help advance the profession, elevate the role of technicians licensed veterinarians and meet market demand for qualified rural veterinary professionals. .”

State Chancellor App Sheri Evert

As part of this partnership, Banfield has made a multi-million dollar commitment to the development of a new four-year online degree program at App State for Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs). This will meet market demand – especially in rural communities – for qualified veterinary professionals.

“App State excels in developing visionary college programs that address professional labor shortages in rural communities and help advance industry standards,” said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts. . “This partnership with the pioneer in preventive animal health care is synergistic and forward-thinking. With graduation and licensing rates that far exceed national averages, our university is uniquely positioned to develop and deliver a signature program that will help advance the profession, elevate the role of technicians licensed veterinarians and meet market demand for qualified rural veterinary professionals. .”

Much like a human health care nurse, LVTs can offer services such as administering vaccines or checking vital signs in partnership with a physician.

“As part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices, Banfield strongly believes in elevating and recognizing the role of certified veterinary technicians as essential members of the veterinary team,” said Dr. Veterinary Relations and Processing at Banfield. “We are thrilled to partner with App State and invest in this first-of-its-kind program that will benefit veterinary professionals, companion animals and the wider industry as we continue to see the demand for care for pets increase.”

Heather Norris, Acting App State Vice President and Executive Vice Chancellor, said, “We have assembled an interdisciplinary team of App State faculty to develop a rigorous signature program that will become a model. for the development of licensed veterinary professional talent and setting unprecedented standards in the industry.”

the Online Application Status program will be housed in the university College of Arts and Sciences and will combine Bachelor of Science degrees with preparation for licensure as a veterinary technician. App State faculty will create the study plan, curriculum, and courses. The first course of the program is expected to begin in fall 2022.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that in 2020 there were more than 110,000 LVT jobs in the United States and projects an increase of nearly 20% over the next five years. Industry reports predict an LVT supply gap of over 50,000 by 2029. Spending on pets continues to rise – data from BLS and the American Pet Products Association indicate that annual sales of pet products and services in the United States are nearly $100 billion, and Americans are increasing spending on pet care at rates that outpace increases in pet income. households.

“When veterinary professionals practice at the peak of their license, hospitals achieve the best results: engaged customers and a unified team that provides top-quality care,” Aja said. “To support our goal – A better world for companion animals – we believe the profession must leverage all veterinary professionals to the best of their abilities to ensure that companion animals receive the care they need.”

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App State Online is designed to meet students wherever they are, whether they’re pursuing a degree, credential, or looking to hone their personal and/or professional skills. Through App State Online, App State offers innovative, flexible, and accredited undergraduate and graduate programs through two modes of education delivery: online and off-campus.

Banfield Pet Hospital®

Banfield Pet Hospital® was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1955 and today is a pioneer in preventive veterinary care with over 1,000 general veterinary hospitals in 42 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. More than 3,600 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high quality veterinary care to over 3 million animals each year. As a member of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, Banfield is committed to achieving its purpose – A Better World for Pets™ – because pets create a better world for us.

About Appalachian State University

As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and take responsibility for creating a future sustainable for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to gain and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and purpose, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachia is home to over 20,000 students, has a low student-faculty ratio, and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

About Banfield Pet Hospital®

Banfield Pet Hospital® was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1955 and today is a pioneer in preventive veterinary care with over 1,000 general veterinary hospitals in 42 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. More than 3,600 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high quality veterinary care to over 3 million animals each year. As a member of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, Banfield is committed to achieving its purpose – A Better World for Pets™ – because pets create a better world for us.

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