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.
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 applied for accreditation and the CVTEA is scheduled to perform an initial site visit in January, 2014. Application for accreditation does not guarantee 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)
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.
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.
Dr. Jason Roberts DVM - Program Director
Dr. Danny Walker DVM - Assistant Professor
Erica Carroll LVMT - Lab Instructor
Amanda Waldon LVMT - Lab Intructor
Dr. Todd Winters - Dean
Dr. Craig Darroch - Professor
Jason Duggin - Lecturer
Tara Woods - Lab Instructor
Meghan Cunningham-Covin - Lab Instructor
Over 50 scholarships are available strictly to students in the Department.