SUNY Vet Tech Program Obtains Cutting-Edge Equipment

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Professor Donna Meier demonstrates the use of the new equipment with students. From left: Melinda Copeland, Debra Robertson, Megan Carpinelli and Kelly-Rose Gibbons. Courtesy photo

Professor Donna Meier demonstrates the use of the new equipment with students. From left: Melinda Copeland, Debra Robertson, Megan Carpinelli and Kelly-Rose Gibbons. Courtesy photo

STONE RIDGE – The Veterinary Technology Program at SUNY Ulster has installed new cutting-edge equipment as a result of grant awards from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 administered by the NY State Education Department.

The equipment includes an ultrasound machine, patient monitoring equipment, a digital dental x-ray machine, and hematology and chemistry analyzers.

This allows students to train on state-of-the-art advanced equipment being used in veterinary hospitals today.

The SUNY Ulster program is one of only ten accredited Veterinary Technology programs in New York State and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

SUNY Ulster boasts a track record of graduating highly qualified veterinary technicians ready to join the job market upon graduation.

The equipment purchased with these grants will enhance the educational experience for SUNY Ulster students, providing them with added skills upon entry into the job market.

“Having this instrumentation on campus is important because it is the same instrumentation that students will use in veterinary clinics,” said Professor Donna Meier. “Students at Ulster will have the hands-on opportunity to use equipment that most veterinary hospitals are using in the field.”   Dr. Beth Alden, Coordinator of the Veterinary Technology Program adds, “This equipment will help students master the required American Veterinary Medical Association’s essential skills for veterinary technicians.”

Licensed Veterinary Technicians have multiple venues in which they can practice including veterinary hospitals, research or government facilities, or continue in the field to specialize in a specific area of veterinary technology such as nutrition physical therapy, equine medicine, dental care, alternative therapies, and many others. Licensed veterinary technicians are qualified to perform tasks such as taking X-rays, assisting in surgery, and performing diagnostic laboratory work among many others.

Originally posted on the Hudson Valley News Network on February 11, 2016