Gwinnett Tech’s Veterinary Technology Program Named in Top 30 in the Nation
Gwinnett – North Fulton – Gwinnett Technical College’s Veterinary Technology program has been named one of the Top 30 Vet Tech programs in the nation by VeterinarianEdu.org.
“Out of 250 schools, we are proud to be recognized as one of the best in the nation. This is yet another reason that Gwinnett Tech students are the best of the best when they graduate from our program,” stated Phil Klein, dean of health sciences.
Consistently, Gwinnett Tech’s program is recognized for industry leadership. For example, in 14 years of the 19 year history of the College’s Vet Tech program, students have earned a 100% pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
According to program director Dr. Bonnie Ballard, the program is a robust combination of classroom, hands-on laboratory work and clinical experience in local veterinary clinics. Students learn clinical and laboratory procedures, including pre- and post-operative care, dental care and specialized nursing care. Students also spend clinical time at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine and at Emory University.
Dr. Brad Miller, a veterinarian at Russell Ridge Animal Hospital in Lawerenceville, has hosted Gwinnett Tech students for several years. “When students graduate they are proficient in the daily needs of the hospital. They are very good at patient care and have the technical skills that they need to do their job,” states Miller. One Gwinnet Tech student, Jaritza Catalan was hired by Dr. Miller because of her success in his clinic as a student.
Graduates of Gwinnett Tech’s program enjoy careers in small and large veterinary medicine practices and zoos, as well as in research and veterinary product sales and development. Admission to the program is competitive and requires acceptance into the Health Care Science Certificate program.
According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent $62.75 billion on their pets in 2016. In the U.S. there are currently 312 million domesticated pets living in 129 million households. Making the need for vet techs a high-demand career area. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 19% job growth rate for veterinary technicians from 2014-2024.
For more information, visit Gwinnett Tech’s Veterinary Technology program, GwinnettTech.edu, attend one of our information sessions or call 770-962-7580. Gwinnett Tech's application deadline for spring 2017 semester classes is Thursday, November 2 for classes beginning in January.The late application deadline in Thursday, November 30.