The partnership with UGA-CVM
also allows ATC students to use the
university’s teaching farms for equine
and bovine training. Other partnerships allow students to learn at the
Georgia Department of Agriculture’s
equine rescue barns and do extern-ships at Emory University’s Yerkes
National Primate Research Center and
the Division of Animal Resources.
In Georgia, graduates from veterinary
technology programs have the opportunity
to apply for a newly formed internship
program at UGA-CVM Veterinary
Teaching Hospital (V TH) while waiting to
take the Veterinary Technician National
Exam. If they pass the V TNE, UGA may
offer them employment. Currently,
three ATC vet tech program graduates
were selected as participants in the new
summer pre-registered veterinary technician (RV T) internship.
Nearly 100 percent of ATC vet tech
grads pass the national exam.
Having a successful program can bring
about challenges, too, including lack of
space and the need for costly equipment.
For MCC, students are learning in
a small, donated vet clinic built in the
“We’re bursting at the seams in our
program,” Focht says.
She and others at the college are working to secure funding for a larger, more
modern facility with up-to-date equipment.
“Balancing the budget is always a
challenge,” Northeast’s Cooper says,
because the program must adapt and
evolve. “We’re always thinking ahead
about how does today’s student learn
and learn best. We want to deliver
material to students in the most
But on the flip side, “there’s always a
ton of student successes,” he says. “There
are students who barely scrape by but
turn out to be real fighters. And some-
times you see former students’ children
come through the program.”
Focht echoes Cooper’s sentiments.
“I love this program, even with
its challenges,” she says. “I get to see
people blossom in the two years we
Vet tech students perform a lab exercise with their instructors at Northeast Community College.
The student voice . . .
Community College Survey
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