Califon vet honored as Business Person of the Year

HCVSD Names Veterinarian Christina Wilson

as its Business Partner of the Year

Flemington, N.J. – Hunterdon County Vocational School District proudly recognized Dr. Christina Wilson as its Business Partner of the Year. Dr. Wilson is the owner/operator of Equiheart Veterinary Service, which serves a four-county region from its Califon base.

Wilson volunteers as an advisor to Polytech High School’s Animal Science program, but she also gets involved in a more hands-on way. She is a regular guest speaker in that classroom, and she offers a job-shadowing program for its students.

Once a month, Wilson donates her time to meet with Animal Science students at the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission campus in Califon, where students learn to care for some of the larger animals that live there. As the veterinarian for the HCESC site, Wilson guides students in the care of alpacas, goats and donkeys. She helps them manage and implement the site’s herd health plan.

“It is a huge honor to be able to work so closely with someone receiving this honor,” said Taryn Romanczak, Animal Science instructor. “Dr. Wilson has been an integral part of the Animal Science program. Her dedication, as well as that of other advisory board members, has helped this program grow and succeed. Graduates and current students are successful on so many levels, and it is because of the endless hours that all of these professionals so willingly contribute.”

As a program advisor, Wilson is one of the many representatives of businesses, trades and colleges who help HCVSD keep its educational programs challenging and relevant. Each career path has its own advisory board of volunteers –almost 200 people total – who meet formally with teachers twice a year. Wilson’s involvement Polytech’s Animal Science program ensures that students are learning and experiencing what’s necessary for the next stage of their careers.

Polytech’s two-year Animal Science program teaches principles of disease, anatomy and physiology, medical posology, terminology, and animal husbandry to guide decision-making related to animal health. Applications are due March 1 for the 2018-19 school year. Interested students can apply online.

Hunterdon County Polytech High School is the largest component of Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD). Polytech (www.hcpolytech.org) is the district’s shared-time high school that prepares students for a seamless transition to college and career paths. HVCSD also operates an Adult and Continuing Education school and three science-based academies. Learn more at www.hcvsd.org.