Veterinary Medical Technology Program

Lawrence Hartje, Veterinary Medical Technology student, holds a cat while instructor Meghan Fortner demonstrates examination techniques.

A-B Tech Receives National Recognition

A-B Tech’s Veterinary Medical Technology program has been selected as one of the top 30 programs in the national by, an organization that serves as a dedicated resource for current and aspiring Veterinary Technology students. This is the only program in that state selected for this honor. There are 219 Veterinary Medical Technology programs in the U.S.

“Much, if not most, of the credit for this goes to Dr. Lori Tapp, the chair of that department, who, along with her dedicated and excellent instructors, works tirelessly to ensure student retention and success. They work very hard to bring in outstanding students, train them with rigor, and graduate them as desired Vet Techs throughout this region of the country,” said Dr. Jon Wiener, Interim Dean of Allied Health.

Factors used to determine the list include a combination of cost and financial aid, along with the number of programs offered. In addition, they consider student-teacher ratios, and employment and career counseling services. Finally, graduation rates were an important aspect when considering what schools to feature.

“The program began using a competitive admissions process similar to that used in nursing, which has allowed us to attract high quality applicants,” said Dr. Tapp.

A-B Tech’s Veterinary Medical Technology program is fully accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities (CVTEA) which is a committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Each year students sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination; for the past two years the College has had a 100% pass rate.

About A-B Tech Community College

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology.

The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.

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