Learn to be a Vet Tech

Veterinary technologists can be described as the equivalent of registered nurses in the animal world, and the vet-tech job market is expected to grow by more than 20 percent in the next six years.

“There are lots of diverse job opportunities. The job market is really strong,” said Jason Roberts, assistant professor of animal science at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Roberts and others are currently celebrating the recent launch of the new veterinary health technology option at UT Martin, which began with the start of the spring 2012 semester with four new courses: medical terminology, pharmacology, advanced lab and an exotic-animal course.

The option cannot be officially accredited until its first students graduate, which is expected in 2014. Graduates will have a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a veterinary technology emphasis. They will then be able to sit for the national veterinary medical technology licensure examination that will allow them to practice with a veterinarian in a clinic, farm, educational or research facility.

For more information, contact Roberts at 731-881-7952 or jroberts@utm.edu.