Gwinnett Tech Veterinary Technology Graduates Continue Tradition of Perfection

GWINNETT– NORTH FULTON – In the 17 years that Veterinary Technology has been offered as a program of study at Gwinnett Technical College, 250 students have graduated and earned their certification in one of the fastest growing careers around. This year 10 more students joined that list, again achieving a 100 percent first time pass rate on the licensing examination.

“We have earned a 100 percent pass rate on the exam 13 out of the 17 years,” said Program Director Bonnie Ballard. That average is much higher than the national pass rate that stands at 73.18 percent.

Gwinnett Technical College is one of four Technical College System of Georgia schools to offer the program that takes students five semesters to complete. The associate degree level program prepares graduates for careers in small and large veterinary medicine practices and zoos, as well as in research, veterinary product sales and development and in academia. Admission to the program is competitive and requires acceptance into the Healthcare Science Certificate program and the TEAS V Exam.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam to be licensed to practice. The exam is a three-hour computerized test that includes the subjects of pharmacy and pharmacology, surgical nursing, dentistry, laboratory procedures, animal care and nursing, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, emergency medicine and critical care, pain management and analgesia.

To be successful in the program and career field, Ballard said that students should have a love of medicine, an aptitude for science and a desire to work with animals and people. Skills should also include strong attention to detail, leadership qualities and being willing to be a team player.

“Being in veterinary medicine is the best job in the world,” Ballard added.