Amanda Waldon (left), licensed veterinary medical technologist and instructor in the UT Martin program, shows students Dominique Scandrett (center), of Greenfield, and De’ja Patterson, of LeVergne, the proper way to handle a rabbit during examination.

UT Martin vet tech program granted full accreditation

The American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities elevated the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Veterinary Health Technology Program to full accreditation status during its April 25-28 meeting. The program has enjoyed initial accreditation status since it was first reviewed during the spring 2014 semester.

The program welcomed its first students in 2011 as one of fewer than 25 four-year veterinary health technology programs nationwide, and the first class graduated in spring 2014. Since the program’s creation, 176 students have completed both academic and internship requirements for graduation. Program graduates each earn a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a major in animal science and an emphasis in veterinary health technology. They must then sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee.

The UT Martin program features hands-on experience with small, large and exotic animal species in areas such as surgery, nursing, radiology and others. Four veterinarians and four veterinary technologists teach in the program, which includes a required six-week internship with a veterinary clinic, referral or teaching hospital, zoo or laboratory prior to graduation.

For more information, contact Dr. Jason Roberts, veterinarian, professor and program director, at


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