Vista College Veterinary Technology Program Earns Accreditation

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Accreditation ensures quality of education and enables Vista graduates to sit for state and national exams to become registered veterinary technicians.

Vista College’s Veterinary Technology program recently earned accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education & Activities (CVTEA), making Vista’s program one of the only seven AVMA accredited programs in Texas and the only accredited veterinary technology program in West Texas. The program began on Vista’s Lubbock campus in June 2011.

“While colleges do not need to be accredited to enroll in the program, the accreditation ensures the quality of the educational experience and the assessment of student knowledge and skills in the program,” said Dr. Jamie Whittenburg, veterinary technology program director. “Accreditation also enables Vista College graduates to sit for both the veterinary technician national exam and state exam and to become registered veterinary technicians.”

The two main objectives of The American Veterinary Medical Association’s CVTEA are to recognize veterinary technician training programs that are fully capable of graduating acceptable assistants for veterinarians and to assist in the development of such programs; and to study all matters pertaining to activities of veterinary technicians, and to advise the executive board concerning the implementation of AVMA policy concerning such matters.

Vista College’s Veterinary Technology program gives students the opportunity to become veterinary technicians and receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. A veterinary technician primarily functions as professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. Examples of responsibilities qualified veterinary technicians are educated to assume include clinical pathology, radiology, surgical assisting, office/hospital management and many more.

“Since our program began, we have been so impressed with the success and drive displayed by our students to be the best they can be,” added Dr. Whittenburg. “They have worked hard and done well, and we couldn’t be more pleased to now be accredited and offer to them the advantages this brings.”

“The faculty, small class sizes, and hands-­on training were what drew me to Vista College’s Vet Tech program,” said Jesika Furgerson, a current Vista College veterinary technology student. “The faculty is truly second to none, and the small class sizes allow us to receive one-on-one support. Everyone here is truly invested in my future and my success. This program has changed my life because I get to do something I love every day.”

Vista College currently has a student chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) and holds many bake sales and dog food drives to support the local humane societies, shelters and rescue groups.

"Attending the Vista Vet Tech Program was the best thing I ever did for myself,” said Javan Melendez, a student who graduated this month from Vista College. “My education has allowed me to get a job that I am excited to go to every day. I can't believe I am actually getting paid to do this! I love it!"

In addition to the Lubbock campus, Vista College has campuses in Amarillo, Beaumont, El Paso, Killeen, Longview, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. For more information about the Lubbock campus and its programs, contact the campus directly at 806-500-2215.

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