Gaston County names new animal control administrator

The head of the veterinary technology program at Gaston College has been named the new administrator of the Gaston County Police Department’s Animal Control Division.

Kristine Blankenship will take the new position Jan. 5, according to county police.

Blankenship is a 1996 graduate of the Ohio State University veterinary school and worked in private practice for several years before taking a teaching position at Gaston College. After four years as a teacher, she was named chair of the department.

Under Blankenship’s tenure, Gaston College’s veterinary technology program increased student enrollment and improved the graduation rate on the national exam above 92 percent.

County police said a panel of senior police department officials and local animal welfare leaders selected Blankenship.