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  News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                   Summer 2012

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CCBC's Veterinary Technology Program
by Jack Stewart, RVT, Director

The veterinary technology program at the Community College of Baltimore County is unique, offering the only AVMA accredited training program for technicians in the state of Maryland. And this year the entire thirteen-member Class of 2012 passed the National Technician Board Examination. Their success is unusual, since the nationwide pass rate is usually 68-70%. Graduates of this CCBC program are well prepared to function successfully as registered veterinary technicians (RVTs), and the curriculum provides a sound basis for their ability to learn quickly. They are well prepared to hit the ground running.

The two-year full time program offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree, and is currently limited to 20 students each fall semester. The curriculum includes courses in clinical laboratory procedures for both small and large animals; small and large animal diseases; radiology and ultrasound; surgery procedures and anesthesiology; dentistry; pharmacology and toxicology; veterinary nutrition; laboratory animal medicine; veterinary anatomy and physiology; veterinary medical terminology; microbiology; and hospital management.

Students receive instruction on history-taking; physical examination, including auscultation; giving injections; drawing blood; alternative modalities currently used in practice; and training in endoscopy, dental radiography as well as dental extractions; and an overview of CT and MRI. Significantly, the program includes a practical, 240-hour internship at a VCA clinic in MD, PA, NJ, DE, or the District of Columbia. The internship hours include emergency medicine, specialty practice and shelter medicine.

The program has the following equipment for training students: models for cephalic and jugular phlebotomy; models for learning IV catheterization; models for training intubation and CPR; digital radiography; ultrasound machines; fiber optic dental unit; models for suturing instruction; Cornerstone software; isofluorane anesthesia machines; pulse oximeters; EKG; blood pressure monitors; a laser surgery unit; IDEXX in house diagnostic equipment; and various large animal materials.

The veterinary suite, which is in the basement of the F building on the CCBC campus, contains a separate dog and cat kennel area; surgery suite; pre-surgical/treatment room; imaging room; laboratory for IDEXX equipment; a small smart classroom; and an office for a clinical assistant.

First year students spend time at two local farms for their introduction to large animal care. Second year students spend a day at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania gaining practice with equine and bovine procedures. Second year students also spend time at Hanover Shoe Farm assisting with the foaling operation at this leading Standardbred farm.

The educational opportunities offered to veterinary technician candidates at CCBC are broad and diverse. Graduates are in high demand by small and large animal practitioners, so they can be selective about their employment. Veterinarians should appreciate that hiring a formally trained veterinary technician is a winning proposition, and a strategy for successful practice.

2012 Graduates

Gayle Blum
Laura Ferandes
Kristin Hakans
Kelsey Jones
Tiffany Jordan-Griffin
Kristen Kalstad
Alison Ouhrabka
Jessica Perry
Stephanie Pearce
Holly Riston
Melissa Ruleman
Emily Schlimm
Sarah Yeager

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