Why did I choose UTM veterinary technology?

Kellye L. Coffman BS, LVT

Kellye L. Coffman BS, LVT

Originally, why I chose the University of Tennessee at Martin was because it was closer to my hometown and my family wanted me to attend due to the short distance. I wanted a university that challenged me to be my best self and accepted my special interest in veterinary medicine. From the moment I stepped on campus for orientation, I knew I was home. Specifically, my home was the UTM Veterinary Technician Program. Working with animals is something I have always wanted to do, in fact I don’t remember a time where I was not working with animals. Veterinary nursing stood out to me because I felt like I was able to be fully involved in patient care, so the vet tech program was perfect for me. My time in the UTM tech program was rewarding and has truly impacted my life. In the tech program, our courses prepare us with basic and intermediate veterinary skills and enhance our subject knowledge in many areas of veterinary medicine. On top off these experienced courses, the vet tech program’s top priority is for students to experience hands-on learning. These courses equipped me and my classmates with the technical skills and professional skills that stand out amongst others in the veterinary field. The teachers are more than professors, they are supportive and understanding. Each professor loves their students but more importantly, loves their job. This translates to their students; not only did they teach us the skills we needed for our field but taught us to love our profession. Because of this program, I now get to work in advanced veterinary medicine at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Each day I get to be involved in many areas of specialty medicine, whether that means I am caring for happy and healthy patients or helping with life sustaining means for critical patients. I get to assist with and learn new advancements in veterinary medicine every day. I also get to pass along my knowledge to coworkers, veterinary students, and fellow veterinary technicians through several teaching and continued education opportunities. I am humbled to say I am a graduate of the UTM Veterinary Health Technology Program. I am truly grateful for this wonderful program for pushing me to be my best self and the best licensed veterinary technician I can be.

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