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Vet Assistant Program Starts this May

Vol State vet student assists veterinarian.Summer may seem like an odd time to start a college academic program, but for animal lovers the new Veterinary Assistant certificate program is designed to get people into the workplace in just two semesters. Students starting the program on May 31 can finish in December.

“Vet Assistants can work at veterinary offices, boarding services, pet stores and animal care centers. People can even start their own business,” said Dr. Hope Wright, the director of Vol State veterinary programs.

A certificate is shorter in length than a full degree. The Vet Assistant program is being offered as a quicker alternative into veterinary care. It’s a partner to the popular Veterinary Technology associate of applied science two-year degree that has already had its first graduates. Vet Assistant classes provide the background needed to handle and care for animals and that includes hands-on work in the Vol State vet labs. The training also prepares students for the workplace in other ways.

“We have a whole class dedicated to veterinary economics,” said Wright. “That can help prepare students for veterinary front office work.”

For more information about the new Vet Assistant program at Vol State visit: www.volstate.edu/veterinary. New students will need to apply to the college first. That can be done at www.volstate.edu/admissions or in person by visiting the Ramer building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. For more information call 615-230-3688.

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Pictured: Dr. Bryan Bondurant gives an examination with the assistance of Vol State student Alexandria Rice.