Vet Tech students ace national exam

LAWRENCEVILLE — Veterinary Technology graduates at Gwinnett Technical College once again scored high marks on a benchmark national exam.

The college’s 20 graduates of the class of 2013 passed the test and scored higher than the national average on all nine subject areas on the Veterinary Technician National Exam that was taken in July. The class also had a 100 percent graduate job placement rate as graduates go to work at small and large animal practices, zoos, research facilities, veterinary product sales and development and academia.

Dr. Bonnie Ballard, the veterinary technology program director at Gwinnett Tech, said in a press release that the American Veterinary Medical Association program accreditation agency measures a program’s success based on students’ passing rates.

“Our pass rate indicates that the program curriculum at Gwinnett Tech adequately prepares students to pass the test,” Ballard said. “It’s great to see that our students not only pass, but consistently score at top levels.”

Gwinnett Tech students have scored a nearly perfect score on the test for 15 years. The test is a 200-item multiple choice exam that’s delivered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and the Professional Examination Service.

The Gwinnett Tech program emphasizes specialized training in animal health care, and graduates receive a veterinary technology associate in applied science degree and are eligible to sit for the VTNE to become qualified as registered veterinary technicians in Georgia.