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Vet Tech coursework coming to Kent Trumbull this Fall

Posted Mar. 20, 2012

Course work for the Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology will be offered at Kent State University at Trumbull beginning Fall 2012. Prerequisite courses in math and science, as well as the Liberal Education Requirements are available now with the specialized vet tech courses to begin Fall Semester 2012. There are only three accredited veterinary technology programs in Ohio, and Kent State Trumbull is only the second campus in the Kent State University eight-campus network offering the program, joining Kent State Tuscarawas. 

Specifically, Kent State Trumbull will be offering two courses of the program this fall including Introduction to Veterinary Technology and Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians. 

"We are very pleased that Kent State Tuscarawas has agreed to bring this program to Kent State Trumbull," said Robert Sines, dean, Kent State Trumbull. "We have many outstanding veterinary clinics in the area and this new program will give us a chance to produce some excellent employees for those clinics. The time to offer this program at our campus is right due to the demand for veterinary technology graduates and also because of the lack of accredited vet tech programs in the area."

The Veterinary Technology program at Kent State Tuscarawas was launched in the Fall of 2006 and has been very successful in educating and placing veterinary technologists throughout Tuscarawas county. By partnering with Kent State Tuscarawas to offer courses leading to this degree at Kent State Trumbull, the goal is to leverage the experience and expertise of those working in the Tuscarawas program to make this exciting educational opportunity available in the Trumbull area. 


"This program is ideal forindividuals who enjoy working with animals and who also have an understanding of the field of veterinary technology and medicine," added Dr. James Ritter, director, Enrollment Management and Student Services, Kent State Trumbull.


"The program is selective but those who have 40 or more field experience hours can gain points to help them be selected. Also, graduates have the opportunity to be licensed as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the State of Ohio. I like the fact that a practicum is an option for students so they can have actual hands-on experience when they graduate."


The veterinary technology curriculum combines general education courses and rigorous coursework in science, animal health, management and veterinary medical concepts. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and complete all prescribed developmental courses to apply.


The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree is designed to prepare graduates to serve as veterinary technicians performing support functions including routine laboratory and clinical procedures. Other growing employment opportunities are expected in biomedical research, diagnostic laboratories, wildlife facilities, humane societies and animal control facilities. Courses for this program apply toward the Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies for students who want to get into a veterinary management position.