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Veterinary Medical Technology
To inquire about this program: Mary Hatfield | 423.869.6278 | mary.hatfield@LMUnet.edu
Veterinary technicians work with a veterinarian to provide professional 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.
LMU's veterinary medical technology program (VMTP) offers several degree options that allow you to complete the pre-veterinary medicine requirements at LMU and be prepared to apply to AVMA-accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.
Associate of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology (AS)
Associate of Science in Veterinary Animal Science (AS)
Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology (BS)
Animal Science- Four Year Plan (PDF)
Veterinary Practice- Four Year Plan (PDF)
Veterinary Technology- Two Year Plan (PDF)
Required veterinary courses for the AAS and AS degrees include:
- Introduction to Veterinary Technology
- Animal Nutrition
- Medical Terminology
- Diagnostic Laboratory Procedures
- Animal Breeds and Reproduction
- Large-Animal Clinical Procedures
- Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Clinical Treatment Techniques
- Medicine and Pharmacology
- Laboratory and Zoo Animals
- Surgical Prep and Anesthesia
- Veterinary Imaging
- Clinical Review
- Veterinary Technician Practicum
- Cell Biology
- Biology and Chemistry Electives
- Cell Biology
- Management and Marketing
- Companion and Large Animal Management
- Advanced Anesthesia
- Zoonotic Diseases
- Emergency Medicine
LMUVTP's affiliation with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, the Harrogate Hospital for Animals, and Harrogate Genetics International enables you to gain cutting-edge knowledge and experience.
The AAS and BS degrees are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The BS degree offers concentration areas in veterinary animal science and veterinary practice management. These concentrations are excellent choices for transfer students.
All of LMU's veterinary degrees emphasize hands-on experience with animals, preventative medicine, and service to the community.
The AAS and BS degrees qualify students to take the national veterinary technician licensing examination (VTNE) and to become a credentialed veterinary technician (for those earning the AAS) or veterinary technologist (for those earning the BS).
LMU's veterinary technology students are a diverse group, coming from places like the Virgin Islands and from states as far away as California, North Dakota, and New York.
VMTP students participate in internships at private veterinary practices, emergency clinics, and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
Veterinary technicians are in high demand-there are 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 and technologist careers through 2020. VMTP graduates are prepared to work in:
- Small-animal clinics
- Large-animal clinics
- Exotic-animal practices
- Veterinary education
- Veterinary practice management
- Research facilities
- Public health
Graduate & Professional Schools
Acceptance to veterinary schools is competitive, but LMU has an excellent placement rate. VMTP graduates are regularly accepted to colleges of veterinary medicine throughout the region, including:
- University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
- University of Tennessee Graduate Schools
- Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
- Tuskegee College of Veterinary Medicine
Many VMTP graduates have gone on to become veterinarians and are employed by universities. Others own their own veterinary practices and veterinary equipment companies. LMU alumni also serve the veterinary community by holding leadership positions in local and national veterinary organizations, and by serving as advocates for animal welfare.
Clubs & Organizations
Many majors 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.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
A range of scholarships are available to veterinary technology majors, such as:
- NAVTA Scholarships
- TVTA Scholarships
- Knoxville Veterinary Medical Association Scholarships
- LMU Veterinary Technology Program Scholarships
Each year, the department presents a major with its Outstanding Veterinary Medical Technology Student Award. It also awards an eligible student with a Veterinary Medical Technology Program Student Work Scholarship.