NORFOLK, Neb. - Students enrolled in Northeast Community College’s veterinary technology program received their white lab coats and pins during a special ceremony held recently in Norfolk.
Members of the class of 2023 received their veterinary technician pins and members of the Class of 2024 were awarded a monogrammed white coat to mark their formal acceptance into the program. The ceremony was held in the College’s Lifelong Learning Center with family and friends in attendance.
Dr. Michael Cooper, veterinary technology instructor, serves as program director. Josh Schlote, licensed veterinary technologist (LVT) and veterinary technology instructor, opened the ceremony followed by comments from Dr. Charlene Widener, vice president of educational services. Schlote also administered the Veterinary Technician’s Oath to the students. The instructors were joined by Anna McCracken (LVT) veterinary technology instructor, for the pinning of sophomores and the distribution of the white coats to the freshmen. Sophomore class representative Gicelle Garcia, Hastings, also spoke during the event.
Sophomore students who received their pins at the ceremony included Jocilynn Behlen, Columbus; Hayley Bland, Vermillion, So. Dak.,; Kirsten Cooley, Kearney; Heather Davis, Gering; Tarah Evans, Columbus; Gicelle Garcia, Hastings; Megan Finegan, Lincoln; Brooke Hennessy, Omaha; Mariah Klameth, Portsmouth, R.I.; Tracy Kruse, Scotland, So. Dak.; Julianna Larson, Colome, So. Dak.; Rachel Schindler, Norfolk; Miranda Stearns, Rising City; Emily Stukel, Burke, So. Dak.; Amanda Summers, Norfolk; Jasmine Tschetter, Bridgewater, So. Dak.; Madison Wieseler, Hartington; Bobbi Winkelbauer, Randolph; and Courtney Yawn, Pierce.
Freshmen who received their white coats at the ceremony included Horizon Evans, Grand Island; Sidney Bourek, Fremont; Haley Bovee, Norfolk; Montana Bridger, Fullerton; Brandi Doernemann, Dodge; Kiara Fernandez, Ainsworth; Samantha Harrison, Clarkson; Keely Holm, Ord; Jennifer Huffman, Norfolk; Makenna Jennings, Zanesville, Ohio; Cheyenne Keil, Allen; Julisa Kinzer, Norfolk; Shelby Klaumann, Gladstone; Natalie Knapp, North Bend; Natalie Kyle, Prosser; Kathryn Noel, Norfolk; Madison Persing, Wilber; Samantha Pike, Columbus; Kendra Pinkelman, Wynot; Amber Sobotka, O’Neill; Claire Steskal, Norfolk; and Samantha Thuringer, Lyons.
The Veterinary Technology program at Northeast Community College is designed to prepare entry-level veterinary technicians through classroom study, laboratory, and clinical practice with fundamental veterinary technician skills. After successful completion of the program, students should be able to successfully complete the licensing requirements.
Madison Wieseler, Hartington, a sophomore veterinary technology student at Northeast Community College, is congratulated by instructors Dr. Michael Cooper and Anna McCracken, (licensed veterinary technologist), after receiving her veterinary technician’s during the program’s annual White Coat and Pin Ceremony recently in the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk. Nineteen members of the Class of 2023 received their veterinary technician pins and twenty-two freshmen in the Class of 2024 received their white coats during the event.