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Posted: Sep 30, 2013
TMCC veterinary technician students train in a lab.
All of the spring 2013 graduates of the Truckee Meadows Community Veterinary Technician Program who took the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) passed the exam. These graduates are currently working in the area, and one has started veterinary school.
“I am very pleased with the good work done by our faculty and students in our vet tech program,” said Dr. Maria Sheehan, TMCC President. “These graduates have been prepared to serve the workforce needs of our region or continue their education, which is our goal as a community college.”
TMCC Veterinary Technician students complete an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in veterinary technology. The degree is necessary to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to pursue licensing. The program can be completed in two years and requires four semesters.
Veterinary technicians find a variety of opportunities in private veterinary hospitals, as well as in specialty hospitals, higher education, pet food and drug companies. There are also career options in teaching, state and local governments and research facilities. Technicians are in charge of animal nursing care in a veterinary hospital, including, but not limited to surgical prep and assisting, inducing and monitoring anesthesia, collecting and analyzing lab samples, client education, producing X-rays and performing dental cleanings.
The state of Nevada requires that all veterinary technicians be licensed. The demand for veterinary technicians in Northern Nevada is wide open due to the rapid population increase and the increasing popularity of family pets.
For information of the TMCC Veterinary Technician Program, please call 775-850-4003.
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