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LMU TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY WEEK



October 10, 2012 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) joins the nation in celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW) October 14-20. The event, sponsored annually by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), is celebrating its 20th year this 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 and into November. 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 Veterinary Medical Technology program and SCNAVTA are housed in the Schenck building on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

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

SCNAVTA and Pre-Veterinary Club members will also be visiting local schools throughout the month of October. These visits will educate students about the veterinary health care team, which includes veterinary technicians, veterinarians and many others. Club members will talk about the role of each professional and the education requirements to become a veterinary technician or a veterinarian.

During NVTW, SCNAVTA is sponsoring a float in the annual LMU Homecoming Parade on Thursday, October 11h, featuring the theme of Vet Tech Week: “We’re T.E.C.H. Savvy: Technicians, Educators, Caretakers and Healers.” SCNAVTA will also be present during the Homecoming Reunion Luncheon in the Tex Turner Parking Lot on October 13 from 10 a.m.to 2p.m. with an information booth about the program and tips to keep your pets healthy.

On Saturday, November 3, the annual “Vet Tech Dog Show” will be held at Haymaker Farms in Speedwell, Tenn. Any dog, whether purebred or mixed, is welcome. Rabies vaccination must be current and all animals must be kept on a leash at all times. Conformation classes as well as obedience and fun classes are on the schedule. Sponsorship forms are available from any SCNAVTA or Pre-Veterinary Club member.

SCNAVTA is hosting a continuing education conference for area veterinary technicians and technologists on Friday, November 16, in the Schenck building. For more information about this event, please contact Ms. Amy Nelson, LVMTg, at amy.nelson@lmunet.edu. For additional information about any of the events, contact SCNAVTA President Ashley Tipton at ashley.tipton@lmunet.edu, Pre-Veterinary Club President Julie White at julianne.white@lmunet.edu, Mary Hatfield, LVMT, M.S., SCNAVTA student advisor and program director at mary.hatfield@lmunet.edu, or Tim A. Williams, B.S., D.V.M, committee chair of LMU NAVTA - NVTW at tim.williams@lmunet.edu.

LMU’s Veterinary Medical Technology Program is one of just three 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).

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 admissions@lmunet.edu.

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