The Arkansas State University-Beebe Veterinary Technology program has earned the distinction of a five-year full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), effective March 2014.
“The full accreditation allows graduates to be recognized as being from an institution that meets the highest level of national academic standards,” said Dr. Kristie Coley, DVM, director of the ASU-Beebe Veterinary Technology program.
The Veterinary Technology program accreditation assures students that they have achieved specified learning goals, have met a competency threshold for entry into practice, and are eligible for professional credentialing and/or licensure.
Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, students are qualified to take the AVMA Veterinary Technology National Examination to become a certified veterinary technician.
Veterinary Technology graduates may provide veterinary services under the supervision and direction of a licensed veterinarian who is responsible for the performance of that veterinary technician. Procedures that may not be performed include diagnosing conditions, prescribing medicine, and performing surgery.
Students must complete five semesters of the veterinary technology classes within the program. The General Education core classes can be taken during the day, evening, or online according to the student’s preference.
The ASU-Beebe Veterinary Technology program is under the direction of Dr. Coley, who is a practicing veterinarian. Students in the program are taught by a staff of certified veterinary technicians.
Students wishing to apply for selection into the ASU-Beebe Veterinary Technology program are to make application by a specified date in the spring, spend observation hours in a veterinary clinic, and be interviewed by a selection committee.
The job outlook for veterinary technicians is excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013 states that the job growth for veterinary technicians will grow 52% by the year 2020.
In 2013, the average veterinary technician salary was approximately $30,000 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The salary variance for veterinary technicians is based on factors such as individual experience and/or certification, as well as job location.
ASU-Beebe also offers students an opportunity to become a member or officer of the local chapter of the Student Chapter of National Veterinary Technicians of America (ScNAVTA). Participation helps students learn the value of community service, as well as networking with other members locally and nationally.
The ASU-Beebe Veterinary Technology program began in Fall 2007 and graduated the first class in 2009. Provisional accreditation was awarded in June 2009. All AVMA CVTEA-accredited programs in veterinary technology must meet the Standards of Accreditation of the CVTEA to ensure the quality of the educational experience and the assessment of student knowledge and skills.
Arkansas State University-Beebe is a regional state university that is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System. With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and Little Rock Air Force Base, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry. The Beebe campus also collaborates with ASU-Jonesboro to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus.