SRTC’s Vet Tech Program Pins Graduates

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Veterinary Technology Graduates May 2016
Left to Right: Vet Tech Instructor Sharon Poitevint, Chris Merritt, Alana Ward, Kayla Stelt, Ashley Connell, Janel Starling, Abby Addison, Aerial Haire, Alexis Maxwell, Megan Payne, Chelsea Descisicio, Stacey Holmes, and Vet Tech Program Director Dr. Jennifer Mathews

On Wednesday, May 4th, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning ceremony for its third graduating class from the Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) Program. Eleven students were honored in this ceremony which signifies the completion of the program and all associated curriculum and externships.

Students who were pinned include Chris Merritt of Cairo, Alana Ward of Bainbridge, Kayla Stelt of LaGrange, Ashley Connell of Ochlocknee, Janel Starling of Cairo, Abby Addison of Baconton, Aerial Haire of Tallahassee, Alexis Maxwell of Cairo, Megan Payne of Tallahassee, Chelsea Descisicio of Tifton, and Stacey Holmes of Tallahassee. Each of these students is not only graduating with their Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, but several of them have secured positions with local veterinary offices.

“I can say without hesitation that this group of vet tech graduates will be valuable additions to the veterinary field. They have formed a solid foundation for themselves and established a reputation for excellence within our community. I wish them the best as they begin their careers," commented Sharon Poitevint, Vet Tech Instructor.

The guest speaker for the ceremony was SRTC alumnus Eva Leon, RVT. She addressed students, family, and friends while highlighting her experiences since graduation and iterating the importance of compassion for animals and continuing education. Leon is currently employed by Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists in Sandy Springs, GA and has recently completed a degree in French.

Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception to celebrate the graduates. Refreshments, all in a fitting animal theme, were provided by the vet tech students.

The Veterinary Technology program is a 6 semester sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the field of veterinary technology. General education, basic science and program-specific learning opportunities develop the knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation committee on Veterinary Education and Activities (CVTEA). Program graduates receive the Associate of Applied Science degree, are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination, and are qualified to apply for credentials as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Georgia.

For more information about the Veterinary Technology program at SRTC contact Dr. Jennifer Mathews at (229) 227-3166 or jmathews@southernregional.edu or Sharon Poitevint at (229) 227-3174 or spoitevint@southernregional.edu.

SRTC offers over 155 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu or call (888) 205-3449.