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Third quarter challenges Vet Tech students

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petThird quarter challenges Vet Tech students

As new Veterinary Technician students roll into their third quarter, things are really heating up.

The third quarter is all laboratory classes, says 22-year-old student Alex Dodd, and when they’re not in class students have to watch online lectures. In that third quarter, they’re learning animal anatomy in VET 131, performing complete blood counts in VET 133, diagnosing diseases in VET 136 and learning to prep animals for surgery in VET 138.

Not that the first two quarters are a piece of cake – students have lecture classes, and they must spend an hour each week in the program’s animal clinic. The Vet Tech department believes in getting students to the hands-on work quickly.

Students who complete the program receive an associate degree, which qualifies them to take a national exam which is mandatory in order for them to become Registered Veterinary Technicians in the state of Ohio. Veterinary Technicians assist Veterinarians, doing everything from taking animals' vitals (temperature, pulse, respiration) to monitoring anesthesia, performing clinical laboratory procedures and running the X-Ray machine.

Students can go on to get a bachelor’s degree through partnerships with Ohio State University, Ohio University, Franklin University and Otterbein College. Many, such as Aaron Silveus of Findlay, plan to go to veterinary school.

Student Lynn Stockwell plans to work as a Vet Tech, and got into the program after hearing its reputation. She called several veterinary offices, and “They said they would look favorably at a resume from this place,” Stockwell says.

The program is rigorous, says John Youngblood, a 2009 grad, but instructors are willing to help you.

“It was intense and fast-paced, but it never got overwhelming.” Youngblood says. “They want to teach you well, and they make sure you learn it.”

As tough as the third quarter is, Stockwell says it’ll pay off in the fourth quarter. “Internships start next quarter, and we need to be prepared.”