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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 27, 2014
PHOTO BY: Angela Spencer

Kristie Coley, program director for the Veterinary Technology Program at Arkansas State University-Beebe, stands with Goose, one of the program’s horses.

Kristie Coley

No backup plan needed for vet tech program director

Kristie Coley, a local veterinarian and program director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Arkansas State University-Beebe, never wanted to be an astronaut or a ballerina. Animals are her thing, and she has never considered an alternative. “I always wanted to be a veterinarian,” Coley said. “I’ve said that since the second grade.” Growing up in McCrory, Coley’s family farmed for a living. At one point, five generations worked on the farm, and Coley said she lived a “basic, country life.” Coley was allowed to have any animals she wanted, but they had to stay outside. A... READ MORE

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