Why Veterinary Technology?
If you have an affinity for animals, enjoy working with people, and are considering a career in animal health care, you should consider the 13th fastest-growing job in the U.S. – veterinary technology.
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Program Purpose Statement
The mission statement of the Veterinary Technology degree program is to develop academic, professional “hands-on” knowledge, and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement in our graduates, beginning with their ability to successfully pass the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination). Our goal is to demonstrate and expect excellent work ethics and ensure development of these “hands-on” technical skills.
Rabies Vaccine Policy
Rabies is a serious viral disease that is nearly 100% fatal. Approximately 60,000 people worldwide die each year from this disease. The disease is transmitted from a bite or scratch from an infected animal. Fortunately, rabies is a disease that can be prevented through careful handling of animals and vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends preexposure rabies vaccinations in high-risk groups, such as veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and animal handlers.
Based on the recommendation of the CDC, and with the guidance of the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA), Ogeechee Technical College is now requiring that all Veterinary Technology students be vaccinated against the rabies virus.
The rabies vaccine protocol consists of two injections, one injection per day, on day 0 and on day 7. The vaccine can be obtained by a primary care physician, a participating county health department, and/or other vaccination clinic. The program faculty has a list of local rabies vaccine providers.
Proof of vaccination must be shown by the beginning of VETT 1000 and VETT 1010, as animal handling will occur in the first semester of the program. Previously vaccinated students must provide proof of a current (within the past 3 years) rabies antibody titer.
More information about the risk of rabies and preexposure rabies prophylaxis can be found by visiting the following website www.cdc.gov/rabies .
If you have questions about cost or insurance coverage, please direct those questions to your healthcare provider or your insurance provider.