On May 18, 2017, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science program students received an informative presentation by Lt. Colonel Anne Hessinger, U.S. Army Veterinarian. Lt. Colonel Hessinger discussed her career and educational path in the veterinary field and with the military. She also focused on other career opportunities in the veterinary field such as small animal practice, large animal practice, research facilities, zoos, and animal sanctuaries.
Currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Leadership at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, Lt. Colonel Hessinger has been in the U.S. Army since she was 21 years old. She worked her way up through the ranks and completed her veterinary education through the military.
“It was great for my students to hear about veterinary careers available in the military and the schooling options,” said Katie Smith, EASTERN’s Veterinary Science Instructor. “There are so many areas of veterinary medicine and animal care needed in the armed forces – such as mascot training for the United States Military Academy or care for bomb-sniffing dogs. The career and educational opportunities are endless.”
Veterinary Science at EASTERN provides the opportunity to pursue a career in the animal care industry. In this two-year half-day program, students will learn to support veterinarians by aiding during animal examinations; treatment administration and monitoring; managing animal and related health record information; and how to perform a range of selected practice-related duties.