Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vol State Vet Tech Has New Director

Hope Wright knows how hard it can be getting the right staff for a veterinary practice. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) has 18 years of experience in private practice. Now she will be leading the Veterinary Technology program at Vol State.

“According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Vet Tech is one of the fastest growing job fields in the United States,” said Wright. “We have a lot of clinics in Middle Tennessee that need certified veterinary technicians.”

The certification part is no small matter. Wright says that many vets have to train their own clinic staff, sometimes for many years. Vol State students prepare for certification exams as part of the program. They also have extensive clinical work in practices all over the area, including the Nashville Zoo, Nashville Veterinary Specialties and Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine in Brentwood.

“The big thing we’re trying to do is to give the vets an employee that is already trained. And our vet techs have not only the training, but also the overall foundation of knowledge, so they’re ready to go when they walk in the door for that first job.”

Wright most recently taught as a faculty member in the Vol State program and ran Wright Veterinary Services in White House. She was also the owner of the Animal Medical Clinic in Lake Park, Florida for eleven years.

Vol State offers certificate and associate of applied science degree programs in Veterinary Technology. The program has provisional accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). For more information about Vet Tech at Vol State visit or call 230-3261.

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