This is a story about the new facility:
The veterinarian hooks up EKG leads to a stuffed husky toy. The students watch and make comments. They will see this done many times with real canine patients. But it is the ability to have a clear view of the action that is the real story here. When it comes to veterinary care, seeing is learning, and that means having room for students to clearly observe instructors in a modern clinical setting. The redesigned building that now houses the Veterinary Technology program at Volunteer State Community College is five times larger than the old facility. An entire class can watch a surgical procedure performed on a dog. They can see exactly how the equipment needs to be set up for the x-ray of a cat. Being able to fit more students in a surgery suite or radiology area has additional benefits.
“Now we can have first and second year students in on the same days,” said Vet Tech director, Dr. Hope Wright, DVM. “I think that interaction between students will bring a lot to the program.”
“All of them working together means that they’re learning together,” said instructor D.J. Smith, LVMT. “Second year students help to teach the first year students and that teaching cements their learning. This facility is also designed to emulate a clinic. We have a grooming facility, kennels and even a reception area.”
“It’s super nice,” student Jamie Reed of Lebanon said. “We were in one room before and we were all cramped; we didn’t have a whole lot of room to move around. Our whole class can be in the new surgery suite.”
“There’s more room for demonstrations,” said student Lane Silcox of Carthage. “We actually have specific lab rooms now, instead of having labs in the classroom.”
Bright light throughout the building allows for better viewing of details. There are facilities to house animals on site, which helps when the director does spay and neuter operations on animals from the Sumner County Animal Control. Those operations are observed and assisted by students. The hands-on nature of the Vol State Vet tech program has proven successful. Last year 19 students graduated and 17 of those students were employed immediately. Vol State offers a two-year Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree for those wanting to be Veterinary Technicians. The A.A.S program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There is also a one-year Veterinary Assistant certificate for students seeking employment as Vet Assistants.
For more information about Vet Tech at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/veterinary
Pictured: Dr. Hope Wright shows students vitals monitoring techniques using a stuffed animal model in the new surgical suite.