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SWGTC’s Vet Tech Program Pins Second Graduating Class

 

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) Veterinary Technology students left to right: Stephanie Butler, Barbara Pullium, Kelly Beaty, Kenzie Harrison, Sara Parramore, and Samantha Tyler.

On Thursday, May 15th, Southwest Georgia Technical College held a pinning ceremony for its second graduating class from the Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) Program. Six students were honored in this ceremony which signifies the completion of the program and all associated curriculum and externships.

Students who were pinned include Kelly Beaty of Quitman, Stephanie Butler of Cairo, Kenzie Harrison of Bainbridge, Sara Parramore of Thomasville, Barbara Pullium of Thomasville, and Samantha Tyler of Cairo.

Each of these students is not only graduating with their Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, but three of them have secured positions with local veterinary offices. Sara Parramore will be working at Thomasville Animal Hospital. Barbara Pullium and Samantha Tyler will be working at Cairo Animal Hospital. Stephanie Butler, Kenzie Harrison, and Kelly Beaty have interviews set up with prospective employers.

 “I can truly say that this group of vet tech graduates will be missed by me and the entire college. They have made a very good reputation for themselves. I wish them all the best in the world," commented Sharon Poitevint, Vet Tech Instructor.

Guest speaker Dr. V. Todd Cooley, DVM at Thomasville Animal Hospital, addressed students, family, and friends by highlighting his immense contribution to the Vet Tech program by allowing instructor Sharon Poitevint to transition from working full-time with his practice into a part-time role allowing her to serve as a full-time instructor.

“Today marks the end of your formal education, but the beginning of your career. The solid foundation you built at Southwest Georgia Technical College will take you far, but remember this is a life-long learning process,” Dr. Cooley began. He advised the students, “Never lose your compassion for animals. Even the ‘land sharks’ are someone’s baby.”  He closed by challenging them, “Be an ambassador for your profession. Embrace change with enthusiasm, even when it’s difficult.”

In April 2013, the program received official word of their accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Thanks to this new accreditation, these graduates are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination, the national board exam for prospective veterinary technicians. They will also be qualified to apply for credentials as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the state of Georgia.

Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception to celebrate the graduates. Refreshments, all in a fitting animal theme, were provided by the 2nd-year vet tech students.

For more information on SWGTC’s Vet Tech Program contact Dr. Jennifer Mathews at (229) 227-3166 or jmathews@southwestgatech.edu or Sharon Poitevint at (229) 227-3174 or spoitevint@southwestgatech.edu. Information may also be found by visiting www.southwestgatech.edu/vettech.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Fall Semester 2014 begins August 19th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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