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Veterinary Medical Technology

To inquire about programs within the School of Allied Health Sciences:
Holly Evans | 423.869.7417 | holly.evans@LMUnet.edu
 

Veterinary technicians work with veterinarians to provide professional animal healthcare. This requires extensive knowledge and training in the care and handling of animals, their normal and abnormal life processes, medical and surgical nursing, anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging, and clinical laboratory procedures-precisely the kind of knowledge and training you'll receive at LMU.  Both of LMU's veterinary medical technology degrees emphasize hands-on experience with animals, preventative medicine, and service to the community.

Degrees Offered

The Veterinary Medical Technology Program offers both and Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees.  Students must complete the AS degree program prior to entrance into the BS degree program.

  AS IN VETERINARY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY 

Veterinary technicians are in high demand with at least four jobs for every veterinary technology graduate. The U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 52% growth rate for technician careers through 2020. VMTP graduates are prepared to work in:

Small animal clinics                Veterinary education

Large animal clinics                Veterinary practice management 

Exotic animal practices          Research Facilities 

Zoos                                         Public health


Average Salary: 2017 median average-$33,400/year (U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)The AS degree in Veterinary Medical Technology prepares graduates for eligibility to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). For information about the VTNE, visit www.aavsb.org. The state board of veterinary medicine has the right to deny licensure to practice veterinary technology to individuals guilty of crime, unprofessional conduct, or incompetence. Direct any questions regarding eligibility to take the VTNE to the board of veterinary medicine in the state which the student wishes to be registered. Most AS VMT graduates achieve above average scores on the VTNE and many elect to further their education by obtaining the BS VMT degree. Many graduates are employed in veterinary school teaching hospitals, major referral centers and several practices in the local community.

ACCREDITATION

The Veterinary Medical Technology Degree programs are fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

AS PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 Perspective students must meet the following academic requirements in order to qualify for the 2 year curriculum:

  • ACT composite score of 18 with a math score of 19 OR
  • SAT critical reading & math composite score of 870 or SAT critical reading, math & writing score of 1290
  • High School GPA of 3.0; transfer GPA of 2.0

 Students that do not meet both ACT/SAT and GPA requirements may still be admitted to the program using the 3 year curriculum plan.

 Please note that application to the VMT Program is separate from the application submitted to Lincoln Memorial University.  Students must complete both applications.  All AS VMT application materials are provided in the links below.  All AS VMT application materials should be submitted to to the Veterinary Medical Technology Program, not the University Admissions office.  

 

Admission into Lincoln Memorial University

Application to the AS VMT program

Completion of 20 observation hours in a veterinary facility  

Submission of confidential evaluation forms from 2 separate sources 

Submission of personal statement of professional goals

Application checklist

 

BS IN VETERINARY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

The BS Degree Program in Veterinary Medical Technology is open to students that have graduated with an AS or AAS degree from an AVMA accredited institution that have a desire to further their education in a variety of advanced and specialized courses. 

BS PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students interested in joining the BS VMT Degree Program must complete the following application items:

           

  • Admission into Lincoln Memorial University
  • Application to the BS VMT Program
  • Proof of graduation from an AVMA accredited AS or AAS veterinary technology program
  • Proof of successful completion of the VTNE or identified testing window
  • Letter of recommendation from previous program director or current employer
  • Submission of personal statement of professional goals

Please note that application to the VMT Program is separate from the application submitted to Lincoln Memorial University.  Students must complete both applications.  All BS VMT application materials are provided in the link above.  All BS VMT application materials should be submitted to to the Veterinary Medical Technology Program, not the University Admissions office.  

Scholarships & Financial Aid

A range of scholarships are available to veterinary medical technology majors, such as:

  • NAVTA Scholarships
  • TVTA Scholarships
  • Knoxville Veterinary Medical Association Scholarships

Clubs & Organizations

Many veterinary medical technology students are actively involved in both the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) and the Tennessee Veterinary Technician Association (TVTA).  LMU also sponsors a Veterinary Medical Technology Club, which works with local animal shelters and the surrounding community.

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