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Northwest Mississippi Community College's VetTech Program Now Natioanally Accredited By Donna Taylor,Northwest Journalism Student The American Veterinary Medical Association has given provisional accreditation to Northwest Mississippi Community College's veterinary technology program. "This program is unusual in that it combines academic and technical courses plus a clinical rotation at Mississippi State University and a preceptorship or internship with local veterinarians," said Jerry Nichols, dean of Career and Technical Education on the Senatobia campus. Dr. John Loftin, a Senatobia veterinarian and adjunct faculty member at Northwest, is the program advisor for Vet Tech. "The program was started three years ago to fill a void and offer formal training so students who pass the two-year curriculum and pass the state and national boards can be classified as a certified veterinary technician," said Loftin. Students enrolled in the course will complete one year at Northwest, taking classes ranging from English composition, anatomy and physiology, general chemistry and oral communication to survey of veterinary technology, animal reproduction, and immunology and pharmacology. The second year is spent in clinical rotations at Mississippi State University. A two-hour per week lab has been added for the fall semester and can be done in a local a veterinary clinical practice. "Vet Techs perform the same duties for veterinarians that RNs and nurse practitioners do for medical doctors," said Loftin. For more information on Veterinary Technology at Northwest, contact Dr. Loftin at (662) 562-3381, or the Career and Technical Office on the Senatobia campus at (662) 562-3361.

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