Veterinary Technology program announces spring speaker series

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University's Veterinary Technology program, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to announce its inaugural speaker series. The first two events will take place on February 23 and March 3 via Zoom.

On Thursday, February 23, Carol Coulter, lecturer in App State's Department of Sustainable Development and co-owner of Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy, and Jennifer Serling, assistant director of the Veterinary Technology program, will host "Goat Farming and Veterinary Needs in the High Country." Coulter and Serling will discuss the challenges of animal farming and getting the veterinary care necessary for small farmers in rural areas. The event will begin at 2 p.m. EST.

On Friday, March 3, Serling will join Ann Wortinger, lecturer and content development coordinator for the Veterinary Technology program, to host "Pets and Nutrition: Making More Informed Choices." Serling and Wortinger will discuss pet food nutrition and explain how to read pet food labels. Attendees are encouraged to bring their pet's food label to learn how to read it. The event will begin at 10 a.m. EST.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information (including the Zoom links and passcodes), visit


About the Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation
Appalachian State University’s Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation is one of 17 academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and serves as a hub for App State faculty, staff and students working on scholarship, teaching and service with rural community partners. The department, which launched in summer 2021, is home to App State’s online, four-year Bachelor of Science in veterinary technology degree and offers seed grants to fund research or service-learning class collaborations that address challenges faced by rural American communities. Learn more at

About the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University prepares students to thoughtfully analyze human development while focusing on the applied practice of pursuing transformative, community-driven development and social change. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in sustainable development with concentrations in agroecology and sustainable agriculture; community, regional and global development; and environmental studies; as well as a Bachelor of Arts and minor in sustainable development. Learn more at

Veterinary Technology at Appalachian State University
Published: Feb 8, 2023 8:15am