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UT Martin veterinary health students achieve 100 percent pass rate for summer exam


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – Students from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Veterinary Health Technology Program achieved a 100 percent pass rate during the 2016 summer session of the Veterinary Technician National Examination. This is the first time a cohort from the program has reached this goal.

Students who received their UT Martin degrees in the spring and summer 2016 semesters were eligible to sit for the national examination, which is required to receive a professional license to practice in the state of Tennessee. All students who took the exam during the summer testing session passed as first-time test takers. Three testing sessions are offered each year.

“I feel like the vet tech program does a good job of emphasizing the importance of licensure, and they devote a lot of time and effort to reviewing VTNE-related topics. (Our professors) provided us with the resources we needed to help us pass the exam,” said Matthew Chesnut, a spring 2016 program graduate. Chesnut began working as a veterinary health technologist at Hooks Pet Clinic in Martin shortly after completing his degree requirements.

“This was a great group of students to work with,” said Dr. Jason Roberts, professor of animal science and program director. “They were dedicated in and out of the classroom. They made the commitment to study and prepare for this important exam, which led to great results. Passing the exam allows these graduates to become licensed veterinary technologists and begin their careers in the veterinary field.”

According to Roberts, the national pass rate for the VTNE is around 70 percent, with the UT Martin pass rate averaging around 90 percent. UT Martin’s Veterinary Health Technology Program has continued to grow since its official accreditation in spring 2014.

“The time and dedication it takes (to study) while working a full-time job is daunting, but they did it,” said Amanda Waldon, a licensed veterinary medical technologist and UT Martin instructor. “These students participate in hands-on labs, classroom activities and community service through the program, and they have an opportunity to pursue careers in one of the fastest-growing and most sought-after fields in the U.S.”

For more information on UT Martin’s Veterinary Health Technology Program, which is housed within the College of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources, contact Roberts at 731-881-1071 or


PHOTO ID: (top) Matthew Chesnut, a spring 2016 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin Veterinary Health Technology Program, is pictured working with Dr. Hailey Collins, DVM, at Hooks Pet Clinic in Martin. (bottom) Chesnut is shown preparing Woodrow, a miniature Australian shepherd, for examination.

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