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SUNY Canton Ranked Among the Top 10 Best Colleges for Animal Lovers

Monday, November 9th, 2015

SUNY Canton has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation for animal lovers, according to Great Value Colleges.net.

The college placed ninth out of 25 schools and was chosen in large part for its well-known Pet Wing housing option that began in 1997. Students are able to bring a variety of pets with them to live on campus, including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

Heather M. Federow, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Burlington Flats, sits in her room with her cat. Federow lives in the Pet Wing of Mohawk Hall.

Heather M. Federow, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Burlington Flats, sits in her room with her cat. Federow lives in the Pet Wing of Mohawk Hall.

“SUNY Canton was a pioneer in pet-friendly housing,” said John M. Kennedy, SUNY Canton director of residence life. “Our mission has always been to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays an important role in achieving that.”

The unique housing option is a favorite choice among students who are pursuing an associate degree in Veterinary Science Technology or a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Service Administration or Veterinary Technology.

“There are two reasons why I chose to attend SUNY Canton: for the Veterinary Technology program and the Pet Wing,” said student Alexandria E. Kirkwood from Salisbury, N.C. “I learned about SUNY Canton while researching pet-friendly schools.”

Claudia Parr, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology major from Brasher Falls, plays with a cat in her room in SUNY Canton’s Mohawk Hall Pet Wing.

Claudia Parr, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology major from Brasher Falls, plays with a cat in her room in SUNY Canton’s Mohawk Hall Pet Wing.

The website also praised the campus’ pet-friendly environment and animal-related clubs and organizations. Most recently, students have raised funds to outfit local police dogs with lifesaving Kevlar vests, as well as provide supplies to local animal rescue organizations. The college also sponsors pet therapy sessions for students to relax and de-stress during finals week.

Great Value Colleges.net offers resources to help students find the best degree offerings, career options for graduates and more. The organization’s mission is to help students get the best possible education for their money through “high-quality, research-based articles and rankings covering a broad number of angles to help the most students possible.” The entire list can be found at www.greatvaluecolleges.net/25-great-small-colleges-for-animal-lovers/.

The accolade is the latest in a string of awards SUNY Canton has received for its animal-friendly environment. The college has twice been named to Petside.com’s Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Named a Top Pet-Friendly College

Friday, September 28th, 2012

NBC Universal’s Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton as a 2012 Top Ten Pet-Friendly College.

SUNY Canton earned the spot for its well-known Pet Wing housing option, which began in 1997.

“Students who live in the Pet Wing are able to bring a little piece of home with them, which can make the transition to college life easier,” said Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Like-minded students who love their pets are able to bond with one another and develop friendships over their animal companions.”

Student holding a cat

Sara N. Grazianoa, a veterinary science technology major from Utica, plays with a cat in Mohawk Residence Hall’s Pet Wing.

Students bring a variety of pets with them including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

This is the second year in a row the College has appeared on the list.

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays a role in achieving that,” said John M. Kennedy, the College’s Director of Residence Life.

The Pet Wing contains a large number of students pursuing an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology or a bachelor’s degree in veterinary services management or veterinary technology. SUNY Canton is one of only 20 colleges in the nation to offer a four-year veterinary technology program.

Other schools that made the list were Washington & Jefferson College, University of Illinois, and Lehigh University.

Petside.com is a website dedicated to informing pet owners about animal health, behavior, lifestyle and trends. They provide current, topical content from around the pet care world.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.


SUNY Canton Named One of the Top Pet-Friendly Colleges

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

SUNY Canton students are not the only ones who think the College is the cat’s meow.

Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton to its 2011 Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list because of its dedication to small animals and well-known Pet Wing housing option for students.

Student stands next to her cat in the Pet Wing.

“We have some of the most well-known veterinary programs in the state and with that comes passionate students who can’t bear to think about leaving their pet at home while they’re at college,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having the Pet Wing on campus makes SUNY Canton feel even more like a community than we already do. It not only benefits the students but also the faculty and staff.”

The College was featured on Petside.com’s website with the accolade, noting the nice environment and the opportunity for “pet lovers to live together and bond and forge friendships over the animal companions that become the conversation-starters between new students.”

“The Pet Wing is absolutely one of the most popular choices among students,” said Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish. “It gives them the chance to bring a small piece of home with them and also helps ward against homesickness.”

The College has offered the Pet Wing as a housing option since 1997. While students are not allowed to bring dogs, snakes or birds, they are permitted to bring small, caged pets from home with prior approval from Residence Life.

“We’ve had many cats, bunnies and other four-legged friends live in the Pet Wing,” Bish noted. “I think the most unique animal we’ve had was a duck by the name of Mr. Peeps. He wore a diaper and was a Pet Wing favorite.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.