A new review of the best veterinary technology programs ranks Alfred State as the third best in the United States. The analysis is based on the likelihood of success for students who want to put their love of animals to work.
“We are extremely proud to be included in this listing of the best veterinary technology programs in the country,” said Dr. Phil Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department at Alfred State. “The fact that we share the top three positions in this list with institutions such as Purdue University and the University of New Hampshire, is a testament to the quality of our program, as are our amazing alumni.”
TheBestColleges.org explained that they “looked at the most important factors for prospective students, mainly common predictors of future success” to determine the best colleges for becoming a veterinary technician. These factors included admissions rate, default rate, retention rate, and graduation rate. Students agree that the Alfred State program prepares them for a fulfilling career.
“The vet tech program was really comprehensive, and prepared me well for working in the field,” said 2015 graduate Megan George. “It was as challenging as it was rewarding, and it provided me with networking and support to start my career.”
Alfred State's veterinary technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Licensed veterinary technicians are indispensable members of the veterinary medical team, capable of providing everything from life support and surgical assistance to physical therapy and nutritional management. The program is designed to provide students with extensive training in the theory and principles, reinforced with the hands-on technical, animal, and laboratory experience needed.
TheBestColleges.org also has advice about potential careers with a vet tech degree and predicted job growth from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Veterinary technicians conduct clinical procedures on animals under the supervision of a veterinarian in private clinics, laboratories, animal hospitals, zoos, and other facilities. The demand for vet techs is expanding; the number of vet techs is projected to grow 19 percent between 2014 and 2024.”