Lone Star College-Tomball Veterinary Technology and Boys and Girls Country have had ties for two decades. Students from the veterinary program have been volunteering their time to provide deworming products and vaccines to the herds of livestock that the nonprofit organization maintains through its at-risk urban youths that it houses.
“The students who are enrolled in the Food Animal Management course, first-year students, are doing the work,” Kathleen Diamond, LVT and Veterinary Technology program director, told Cypress Creek Mirror.
Boys and Girls Country not only recognized Lone Star College-Tomball Veterinary Technology students’ service, but the length of service at an awards luncheon on Feb. 10 at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston. The service started 20 years ago when Dr. George W. Younger of the Lone Star College-Tomball, organized a field trip to the nonprofit for his veterinary students. The trip was sporadic until around 2008, when it became an annual visit.
“They tend to a herd no matter the weather conditions,” Joyce Brod, LVT and Director of the LSC-Tomball Veterinary Technology program, told Cypress Creek Mirror. “We have been there when it was cold, wet and hot. The students in our program experience firsthand what it’s like to work with a large herd of cattle in a ranch setting. They also learn the benefit of providing a service to give back to the community and hopefully will continue to do so after they graduate.”
The students are scheduled to return to Boys and Girls Country next month to check on the animals.