Veterinary Health Technology Option

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The University of Tennessee at Martin's Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources (AGN) has developed an exceptional curriculum in the area of Veterinary Health Technology that provides extensive "hands-on" learning opportunities. Students completing this curriculum earn a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science and an option in Veterinary Health Technology (VHT). The University is working closely with the AVMA towards accreditation of the VHT Option.


The University has a large 700 acre teaching farm with beef cattle, horses, sheep, swine, and a fully functional companion animal (dog and cat) laboratory/teaching facility. The primary purpose of the teaching farm is to provide experiential learning opportunities for students in the AGN department. The University of Tennessee at Martin also houses the West Tennessee Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory that performs necropsies and diagnostics for food and fiber producers and pet owners of West Tennessee. There are two full time Veterinarians and one Licensed Veterinary Technologist on staff. Students in the VHT Option are presented with numerous opportunities for "hands-on" learning activities with farm and companion animals. These facilities and dedicated personnel provide an outstanding platform for students to maximize their education through experiential learning.


Potential careers for veterinary health technologists include clinical practice, state and federal government, research positions, pharmaceutical sales, zoological positions, and many more. Veterinary Health Technology is a growing profession with excellent job opportunities.


Please contact us with any questions concerning the new option in Veterinary Health Technology.


Accreditation Status


The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) accredits programs in veterinary technology that graduate veterinary technicians. UTM has been awarded Initial Accreditation . All students who graduate after accreditation has been granted will be recognized as graduates of an accredited veterinary technology program.  

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)

Education and Research Division
1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4630
800/248-2862 ext. 6624


1730-3-.04 QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICENSURE. To be eligible for licensure as a veterinary medical technician, an applicant must meet all of the following qualifications.

(1) Veterinary Medical Technician by Examination

(a) Be a graduate of the Veterinary Technology program from a school whereby the veterinary technology curriculum was approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

(b) Pass the examination as provided in paragraph (1) of Rule 1730-3-.08.



  1. Individuals seeking licensure by examination, as provided in Rules 1730-3-.04 and 1730-3-.05, shall be required to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination. This examination is developed by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
  2. The passing score shall be the criterion-referenced passing grade established by the testing agency.
  3. All examination applications and fees for the Veterinary Technician National Examination shall be sent directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
  4. Official examination scores shall be submitted to the Board's administrative office directly from the testing agency whenever the examination was taken outside the Board's jurisdiction.
  5. The Board adopts the Veterinary Technician National Board Examination as its state and national examinations, pursuant to T.C.A. 63-12-115.

Authority: T.C.A. 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-12-106, 63-12-114, 63-12-115, and 63-12-135. Administrative History: Original rule filed September 13, 1987; effective November 14, 1987. Repeal and new rule filed April 28, 1995; effective July 12, 1995. Amendment filed September 29, 2000; effective December 13, 2000. Amendment filed March 23, 2007; effective June 6, 2007.

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Veterinary Faculty

Dr. Jason Roberts DVM - Program Director

Dr. Danny Walker DVM - Assistant Professor

Erica Carroll LVMT - Lab Instructor

Amanda Waldon LVMT - Lab Instructor

Animal Science Faculty and Staff

Dr. Craig Darroch - Professor

Dr. Emalee Buttrey - Assistant Professor

Tara Woods - Lab Instructor

Meghan Cunningham-Covin - Lab Instructor


Over 50 scholarships are available strictly to students in the Department.

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