LMU to celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week

Special to the Enterprise

October 15, 2013

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) joins the nation in celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW) Oct. 13-19. The event, sponsored annually by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), is in its 21st year.

In recognition of the important contributions that veterinary technicians make to the field of veterinary medicine, the Student Chapter of the National Association for Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) at LMU is partnering with LMU’s Pre-Veterinary Club to bring special events to the community throughout the month of October. SCNAVTA is a student-led organization that promotes the field of veterinary technology by educating the public about the importance of preventive health care. SCNAVTA also focuses on giving back to the community by sponsoring many animal-related events throughout the year, such as a spay/neuter clinic.

The Pre-Veterinary Club is sponsoring a month-long dog and cat food drive to benefit the Bell County Animal Shelter. Drop-off locations for wet or dry food can be found in the Schenck Building next to Tex Turner Arena.

During NVTW, SCNAVTA sponsored a float in the annual LMU Homecoming Parade on, Oct.10, featuring the theme of Vet Tech Week: “Your Trusted Partner in Lifelong Care.” SCNAVTA will also be present during the Homecoming Reunion Luncheon on the Quad on Oct. 12 with an information booth about the program and tips to keep your pets healthy.

SCNAVTA students are also making preparations to host the annual “Vet Tech Fun Dog Show” on Oct. 26. The show will be held at Haymaker Farm, located at 733 Back Valley Road in Speedwell, Tenn. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. the morning of the show, and obedience begins at 12:30 p.m. The show will include fun classes for all dogs and prizes. For more information, contact Ashley Tipton at 865-279-3503 or Ashley.tipton@lmunet.edu

LMU’s Veterinary Medical Technology Program is one of just four Associate Degree programs in the state of Tennessee, and the only BS VMT Program, in the state. LMU’s program began in 1985 to meet the increasing demand for veterinary technicians in the region. The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and is offered on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., and LMU’s extended learning site at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education in Kingsport, Tenn.