SRTC Veterinary Technology Program Receives Top National Ranking

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Thomasville, GA - The Veterinary Technology program at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) was recently named the seventh rated program in the nation and second in the state by the Community for Accredited Online Schools for 2016-2017.

Using a proprietary blend of cost, quality, and student support services to determine overall rankings, the Community for Accredited Schools online has ranked SRTC’s Veterinary Technology program one of the highest ranking among similar courses of study in the state and nation. The supporting data comes from reputable sources including the schools themselves. Rankings are focused on accredited and not-for-profit institutions. The data attributes are then weighted based on relevance. The scoring methodology includes factors such as: cost and financial aid availability, number of programs and program offerings, student-teacher ratios, graduation rates, placement and support services offered, academic and career counseling services, employment services, and several other criteria.

These factors are assembled for each school and rated using a peer-based-value (PBV) calculation. PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or similar) qualitative score and cost. PBV denotes the overall value or 'bang for your buck' of a college or degree program.

"We were very excited to learn about our program's ranking and are proud to receive recognition for our program and our college. (Veterinary Technology instructor) Mrs. Poitevint and I strive to provide our students with the best training and education possible by incorporating case-based learning, teaching models, and an abudnance of hands-on experience into our curriculum. We continue to look for new ways to improve our students' learning experience and hope our program continues to be recognized for its value, both in Georgia and beyond," commented Dr. Jennifer Mathews, SRTC Veterinary Technology Program Chair.

Veterinary Technicians could almost be described as the nurses of the animal world. When animals get sick or injured, vet techs examine them, administer first aid, collect laboratory samples, and perform certain tests under the direction of licensed veterinarians. Providing this type of hands-on animal care requires formal training and, in most cases, professional licensure. Candidates must graduate from veterinary technician schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam to be licensed.

The AVMA has accredited more than 200 veterinary technician schools in the United States, including a handful of online programs. Associate degrees are by far the most common training path, but some students can begin with certificates or earn bachelor’s degrees instead. The North American Veterinary Technician Association reports that demand for more specialized technicians has resulted in more programs offering targeted training in areas such as dental health, surgical technology, nutrition, zoological medicine, and more.

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