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NOVA’s Vet Tech expert appointed to Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tregel Cockburn

Dr. Tregel Cockburn, assistant dean and associate professor of the Veterinary Technology program at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus has joined the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine, an organization that regulates the licensure and practice of veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Cockburn, along with six other members, certify veterinary technicians as well as approve schools and colleges of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology programs, which are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

The Board of Veterinary Medicine consist of seven members - five licensed veterinarians, one licensed veterinary technician and one citizen member.  Each member must serve a four year term. The mission of the Board is to protect the well-being of citizens within the state. They accomplish this through laws that identify the minimal standards required to enter the profession and remain in practice and by establishing procedures for identifying, sanctioning or removing incompetent or unethical practitioners.

Originally from Queens N.Y., Cockburn received a B.S. and Ph.D. in veterinary medicine (DVM) from Cornell University. After spending several years at a full-time practice in Atlanta, Ga., she relocated to Northern Virginia to specifically teach veterinary technology at the Loudoun campus in 2008. Her teaching interest include anesthesia, hospital management and disaster/shelter veterinary medicine. Cockburn said she hopes to fulfill the mission of the Board of Veterinary Medicine and provide her 22 years of knowledge, experience and perspective to her assigned duties.

“There are many qualified and talented veterinarians across the state whom the governor could have chosen for the appointment, but I feel honored to have been one of two new board members selected,” Cockburn said. “As a state community college professor and veterinarian, I am already in service to my students, the College and the local veterinary community. Service to state of Virginia for the profession I have been a part of for over two decades is to me a mere extension of my outreach and values.”


By Kristina Ogburn


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.