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Smith County Animal Shelter Enters Agreement with TJC for Vet Services

The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved an interlocal agreement with Tyler Junior College’s Veterinary Technology Program to provide services to the Smith County Animal Shelter.

Animal Control Coordinator Lekisha Stinecipher said she believes the agreement with the TJC North campus in Lindale will improve the shelter’s adoption rates and reduce the amount of times dogs stay at the shelter.

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said the agreement won’t only benefit the students at the new TJC facility in Lindale with education, it will also benefit the county by getting dogs out of the shelter more quickly.

“It is a win-win situation for both of us,” he said.

Vet students will perform basic exams, testing, such as heart worm testing, and provide some grooming and preventative care for the dogs that come in to the shelter.

“This is a win-win agreement,” TJC Veterinary Technician Program Director Dr. Louisa Schmid said. “Our students gain skills such as vaccinating, drawing blood for heartworm testing and performing physical exams … We can also practice ultrasound and dental or general x-ray techniques.”


TJC will provide qualified licensed and/or certified instructors to teach the students, and will provide direction to qualified shelter personnel who may be assisting.

Ms. Stinecipher said Animal Shelter employees will transport the dogs to the TJC facility twice a week, and that would be the only cost to the county.

Judge Moran said he wanted a report in six to eight months about how the program is progressing.


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