Veterinary Technology Advisory Committee Of The Year 2022 DSC 9655

Press Release                                                                           

Date: August 18, 2022

Contact: Lisa Garrett, lgarrett@tctc.edu

(By Lisa Garrett)

Veterinary Technology Named Advisory Committee of the Year                                                                                

PENDLETON, SC – Tri-County Technical College’s Veterinary Technology advisory committee earned the distinction of top advisory committee for 2022. The presentation was made the College’s fall faculty/staff convocation.

This is the eighth time the committee has received the trophy. Veterinary Technology Department Head Ashley Brady, Dr. Elizabeth Bryan, staff veterinarian, and Stephanie Brown, Veterinary Technology program director and committee members accepted the award.

The group also was named the top advisory committee in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2015.

The Veterinary Technology advisory committee consists of veterinarians who are in private practice and institutional practice, as well as Veterinary Technology graduates who are employed as Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs).

Committee members meet regularly to evaluate and to develop the curriculum, to secure grants, to investigate scholarship opportunities, to promote the College, and to serve as consultants to the department head. They provide input on the skills and knowledge of the graduates to ensure that the College is current with veterinary medicine. They also encourage pharmaceutical companies and supply firms to donate to the College’s program.

They employ Tri-County graduates and provide externship opportunities that give students positive learning experiences.

“Our students observe real-life scenarios that help tie in the information that is being taught across multiple semesters,” said Brady. For example, advisory committee members offer open tours/job shadowing and externship opportunities at private practice/referral clinics and shelter medicine facilities. “Our committee members always seek ways to promote not only the Veterinary Technology program but the College as well,” said Brady.

“Throughout COVID-19 pandemic, with input and guidance from advisory committee members, we continued to allow students into various veterinary clinics for the VET 170 Externship course to avoid delaying learning outcomes,” she said. In addition, 80% of members continue to contribute their time to speak with cohorts about pathways of the profession. “Committee input on development and design of the VET 290 Senior Integrated Leaning course has proven to assist students with overall pass rates on the Veterinary Technician National Exam,” she added.

Graduates may pursue careers in a variety of areas, not just private practice. Although many seek employment in veterinary clinics, there are positions available in research, specialty practices, emergency clinics, and zoos or pharmaceutical sales companies and nutrition companies. There is also the opportunity to transfer to a four-year institution to acquire a bachelor of arts degree in veterinary technology which increases the opportunities for them.

“We report a remarkable 94% job placement rate for the last 10 years,” said Brady.

“The Veterinary Technology advisory committee embodies the College's mission of passionate people transforming lives and building strong communities one student at a time. There is no doubt that the Veterinary Technology program has improved greatly because of the guidance of the dedicated advisory committee,” said Brady

Tri-County is the first technical college in the state to offer an associate degree program in Veterinary Technology and celebrates 45 years of service this year.           

Since 1980 TCTC’s program has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The next site visit will be in September 2022.  The program also is endorsed by the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians.          

About Tri-County Technical College

Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the state and ranks in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities. To learn more, visit tctc.edu

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