Visit from college rep
A look ahead
New England Technical Institute reps share details
Students in the Animal Science program at the Center for Career Services learned about the veterinary tech course of study offered by the New England Technical Institute during a virtual broadcast on March 28.
The school came to the students in the form of Public Relations specialist Tracy Reveliotty. She brought along Professor Nicolas Raimondi, via Skype, who discussed with students what the veterinary technology, or vet tech, program at NETI involves. The two were invited by teacher Michael D’Abruzzo for students to learn more about their options.
Students were informed that NETI offers a two-year veterinary technology associate’s degree program, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Association.
The program’s coursework includes two full semesters of anatomy and physiology along with veterinary technology courses and lab work.
Just like the Animal Science students at the Center for Career Services do, students at NETI begin their studies on animal models before progressing to live animals. On the day Mr. Raimondi spoke with them, students had spent time practicing the correct way to apply bandages and a tourniquet on large dog models.
The school also works with area shelters near the East Greenwich, Rhode Island, campus, benefitting both entities. Mr. Raimondi said the shelters have less expensive options available to them, for animal care and the students receive practical experience while caring for the shelter animals.
Lab work is an important part of the program as well, Mr. Raimondi said. There are labs for clinical pathology and analysis labs too.
For those interested in working with larger animals, students have an opportunity to do so off campus at nearby farms.
During a student’s second year they will typically not have classes on Thursdays. Rather the time is spent at an internship.
“We treat this just like applying for a job,” Mr. Raimondi said, adding students must apply by submitting a resumé and going through a job interview.
“It’s a great way for our students to get first-hand experience,” he said.
There are also opportunities for students to work with the Mystic Aquarium’s veterinarian team in Mystic, Connecticut and attend conferences throughout their studies.
Once their coursework is complete students will have to take a national exam in order to be certified as a veterinary technician.
Students can expect the average class size for a lecture to be approximately 25 students. Labs, however, are often smaller with about 10 students and even smaller once students begin labs with live animals.
When asked, Mr. Raimondi explained the difference between a vet tech and a veterinarian.
“A vet tech can do anything a veterinarian can does except write prescriptions, do surgeries or make a final diagnosis,” he said.
Additional coursework would be required for a vet tech to become a veterinarian. Mr. Raimondi said two of his students have done so.
Both writing and math are important components of becoming a vet tech. However, students would not need to be enrolled in a traditional English class. Rather, they would take a health-care based course, Healthcare Communications. As for math, it plays a vital role in dosage calculations for prescriptions. Students would be required to take a medical math course, Math for Life Science, which focuses on pharmaceutical math.
At NETI, students can apply directly to the veterinary technology program, Ms. Reveliotty said. In addition, current juniors in high school can apply for the program beginning this summer.