Murray State College veterinary technology students win top national award second year in a row


For the second year in a row, students in the Murray State College Veterinary Technology Program have been selected as Student Chapter of the Year by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). 

“We are so proud of our students.  They went after this award with a great deal of passion and determination.  Last year was the first time MSC had submitted an application, and we are so excited that our students were the first group selected as top chapter two years in a row,” MSC Veterinary Technology Instructor Laura Sandmann said.

With over 200 student chapters eligible to apply, groups were evaluated on promotion of veterinary technology, community services involvement, leadership, and participation in NAVTA projects.  Chapter-specific projects that helped MSC veterinary technology students rise to the top included volunteer outreach with the Oklahoma State Fair Birthing Center, Poochella dog talent/costume contest in conjunction with the Johnston County Fair, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, Santa Night and an open house for elementary students.

 “Our Veterinary Technology Program stands above others in the nation because faculty members have been instrumental in creating a program that stands out due to its unique setting, hands-on learning components, and a strong structure of student support.  We congratulate this outstanding group of students who have made history with their back-to-back wins.  What an amazing accomplishment!” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

Completion of the Veterinary Technology Program at Murray State College leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree.  For information, contact Debbie Reed at or Laura Sandmann at


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