Last updated on September 17, 2020
By Kayla Osborne
Volunteer State Community College offers a Veterinary Technician program.
Veterinary Technicians assist veterinarians in the care of animals. Some duties a vet tech will perform include checking vital statistics, collecting samples, assisting veterinarians in operations, cleaning and wrapping wounds, administering medications, communicating with pet owners and maintaining records.
Some career options for vet technicians include agricultural business, laboratory animals and research facilities, exotics or zoo species, local and national government regulatory positions, wildlife rehabilitation, humane societies, and animal control facilities and industry, according to the Vol State website.
“I love the program. It has pushed me to be better in so many ways and I’m confident in the care I will be able to provide pets when I’m finished,” said Christina Pitzer,a current Vet Tech student at VSCC.
“I’ve always loved animals, but my time volunteering with Freedom Farm and the Nashville Humane Society opened my eyes to how much more I could do to help animals if I went back to school,” said Pitzer.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Veterinary Technology program provides students with both classroom and clinical experiences. Students will spend most of their clinical experience in various veterinary settings including referral centers and private clinical practices. It takes more than just the love of animals to be a successful Veterinary Technician, according to the website.
For students interested in learning about the Vet Tech program schedule, Vol State offers both four and six-semester options. For additional information regarding the program, students should contact their advisor.