October 7, 2011 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) joins the nation in celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW) October 9-15. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has themed the 2011 event “Pets and Vets Need Techs.”

The theme of this year’s NVTW emphasizes the support that veterinary technicians provide on a daily basis for their clients and patients. Celebrating for one week every year solidifies the yearly commitment every veterinary technician gives the profession of veterinary technology, veterinary assisting and veterinary medicine.

In addition to activities during NVTW, LMU’s Veterinary Technology Program will host two major events in the coming weeks: its annual Dog Show and the Fall Veterinary Technician Continuing Education Conference.

The Fall Veterinary Technician Continuing Education Conference will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011, at the Schenck Center for Allied Health Sciences on the LMU Main Campus in Harrogate, Tenn. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the conference beginning at 9 a.m. Six Continuing Education (CE) credits will be available through this conference. Cost for attending the conference is $25, and lunch will be provided. Those wishing to attend the conference should RSVP to Amy Nelson at 423.869.6205 or

The annual Veterinary Technology Dog Show will take place on Saturday, November 5, at Haymaker Farms in Harrogate, Tenn. Registration for entries into the dog show begins at 11:30 a.m., with the dog show to commence at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $5 for the first class and $2 for all subsequent classes. Classes include: costume class, saddest dog, happiest dog, junior handler, senior dog, obedience, senior handler, best puppy, best mixed breed, best hound, best herding, best toy breed, best terrier, best sporting, best non-sporting, best working and best trick. All dogs must be on a leash and puppies must be 12 weeks old or older. All dogs must be vaccinated. For more information, contact Director of Veterinary Technology Mary Hatfield at 423.869.6278.

LMU’s Veterinary Technology Program is one of just three such programs in the state of Tennessee. 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 Medicine Association (AVMA).

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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Caption: Director of Veterinary Technology Mary Hatfield (second from left) teaches LMU veterinary technology students how to perform an electrocardiogram on a canine patient.

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