Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- April 10, 2002
Cal Poly Pomona Veterinary Technology Program Receives
Accreditation From National Association
Cal Poly Pomona's animal and veterinary sciences department has been
notified that its animal health science option (veterinary technology)
has been named the nation's newest fully accredited program by the American
Veterinary Medical Association.
"We're very pleased to have achieved this recognition of our hard
work from the veterinarians national association," says Jerry Hackett,
DVM MS, the veterinary technology program coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona.
"This national accreditation brings with it automatic recognition
by the state veterinary medical board, allowing graduates to sit for
the state licensing exam for Registered Veterinary Technicians. There
is a substantial shortage of licensed technicians here in California."
The program, part of the university's College of Agriculture, was provisionally
accredited in 1996. Since then enrollment has grown to nearly 80 students,
and more than 35 graduates are currently working as licensed veterinary
technologists in California and nationwide. A substantial federal grant,
won jointly with Mt SAC, provided equipment and staffing that helped
make full accreditation possible.
In all there are 89 AVMA accredited programs nationally, 14 of which
offer a Bachelor of Science degree. Veterinary technologists are graduates
of four-year programs and work in the veterinary profession as anesthetists,
laboratory and radiology technicians, surgical assistants, dental hygienists,
critical care specialists, and medical care providers. They work in
support of the veterinarian and administer veterinarian prescribed treatments
and medications, and collect appropriate samples for diagnostic testing
in public and private veterinary clinics and hospitals. Many veterinary
technologists work for governmental agencies involved with animal or
human health issues or in biomedical research facilities as research
associates or laboratory animal care specialists. With heightened awareness
of food safety issues and bioterrorism veterinary technicians are being
sought after by concerned federal agencies.
The Cal Poly Pomona program is closely allied with the three-year veterinary
technician program at neighboring Mt. San Antonio College, which awards
an associate in science degree. In addition to efforts to make their
own baccalaureate program a new major, Cal Poly Pomona is working to
establish arrangements with all six AVMA accredited veterinary technician
programs based at California Community Colleges.
Prospective students should contact recruiting officer Rhonda Ostrowski
at (909) 869-3718 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.