Veterinary Technicians are in high demand in the state of Georgia. They perform laboratory tests such as urinalysis and blood counts, assist with dental care, prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and assist veterinarians in a variety of other diagnostic tests. Some veterinary technicians record patients’ case histories, expose and develop radiographs, and provide specialized nursing care. In addition, experienced veterinary technicians may discuss a pet’s condition with its owners and train new clinic personnel. Veterinary technicians usually care for small pets such as cats and dogs, but can perform a variety of duties with livestock, exotic animals, and other species.
Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). And once they pass the VTNE, they will be eligible to register for licensure within the state of Georgia to practice as a Veterinary Technician. Clinical experiences/Clinical Internships during the program take place at the University of Georgia’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (UGA-VTH)
– High pass rates on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)
There is an excellent job outlook for graduates from the program. Career options include: Small animal clinical practice, Large animal clinical practice, Emergency and Specialty practices, Biomedical Research, Education, Pharmaceutical sales, Military, Humane societies/shelters, Animal Control facilities, Veterinary supply sales, Public health organizations, Pet Food Industry, and more. There are 15 academic specialty certifications recognized by NAVTA-Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (VTS). Specialty certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) or Veterinary Nurse Specialist (VNS) exists to help veterinary technicians attain a higher level of recognition for advanced knowledge and skills in specific disciplines. Include link to NAVTA = https://www.navta.net/veterinary-technician-specialties/
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Classroom and laboratory are at the main campus in Athens and offer a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Other offsite learning opportunities include: specialty clinical medical services at the state-of-the-art UGA-Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Athens Area Humane Society (AAHS) spay/neuter center, private clinical veterinary practices & veterinary hospitals, and private farms.